Smoking camera battery mistaken for shooting, Orlando Airport evacuated

An incident at Orlando International Airport led to flight cancelations, delays and an evacuation of the airport.

Around 5 pm on Friday evening, a loud noise was reported in front of a security checkpoint.

“In an abundance of caution, passengers inside the terminal were instructed to exit the building while Orlando Police and Orlando International Airport staff investigated,” the airport said.

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Once searched, the noise was discovered to have been a lithium ion camera battery that had exploded and caught fire inside the camera bag, which began to smoke.

The Greater Orlando International Aviation Authority CEO Phil Brown said in a letter posted online Saturday that the passenger “immediately dropped the bag and those around them moved away from it. Emergency services arrived quickly and moved the bag farther away” from the…

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