The police believe that a passenger removed the item for a flight.
(Argentina Airport Police via AP)
It looked like a grenade, and this led to the evacuation of an Argentine airport. But it turns out that it was just a marijuana grinder.
The head of the argentine national airport police security, said Tuesday that the grenade-shaped object found in Astor Piazzolla airport, in the coastal town of Mar del Plata was actually used to break a pot into smaller pieces for smoking.
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“Someone must have removed from the artifact before you board a plane,” Alejandro Itzcovich told the local TV.
He said that the authorities “confirmed that it is not an explosive and we are now trying to determine who the owner of this object.”
The authorities of the Astor Piazzolla International Airport, in the coastal town of Mar del Plata, said they were looking for the owner of the mill.
Photos showed an officer in a bomb suit with the grinder in his hand, while colleagues looked on and smiled. A number of flights were delayed due to the evacuation in Mar del Plata, about 250 miles (400 kilometers southeast of the Argentine capital.
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In 2016, flights were delayed in Bellingham International Airport in Washington state after a marijuana grinder designed to resemble a grenade was found in a man’s carry-on luggage.
A marijuana grinder is similar to a grenade stopped flights in Western #Washington flight https://t.co/3RDPWqfgqi pic.twitter.com/tuQEtlyBBT
— KREM 2 NEWS (@KREM2) 12 April 2016
Something similar happened earlier that year in California is Sacramento International Airport.