BWI Airport Bomb Threat Prompts Hospitalization, Not Charges, For Person Involved: Police


The person who told BWI Airport​ authorities they had a bomb in their vehicle was taken to a hospital for mental health treatment, police said. BWI Airport is shown here on another day. Nobody pictured was involved in the threat. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

Patch reporter Megan VerHelst wrote this story.

BALTIMORE, MD — The person who told Baltimore/Washington International Airport authorities they had a bomb in their vehicle was taken into custody and admitted to the hospital for mental health treatment, according to new details released about the Wednesday incident that closed roads, shut down security checkpoints and stranded numerous travelers.

According to Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the unidentified person approached an officer at the airport around 2:45 p.m. Police said the person told the officer they possibly had an explosive device in their vehicle parked near the entrance to the airport's lower level.

As a result, airport officials closed the terminal road to traffic and asked travelers at the airport to remain inside. Security checkpoints shut down, and the Maryland Transit Administration briefly terminated light rail service to the airport.

By 4:25 p.m., officials said normal operations at the airport had resumed.

According to MDTA police, the threat prompted police to take the person into custody and establish a perimeter around the car. Investigators with the state fire marshal's office determined there was no threat, and the person was taken to a local hospital for mental health treatment, police said.

MDTA police said the investigation into the incident remains "open and active." So far, no charges have been filed.

Anyone with information related to the incident should contact MDTA Police at 410-859-7042.

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