1 arrest in hoax that shut down Jacksonville International Airport

Posted at 8:08 AM, Oct 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-10-02 08:08:31-04

(CNN) — The suspicious packages that forced the evacuation of the Jacksonville International Airport in Florida were a hoax, and one person has been arrested, officials said Wednesday.

Jacksonville Airport Authority spokesman Michael Stewart told CNN affiliate WJXT about the arrest, but gave no further details.

Officials issued an all-clear late Tuesday, hours after the airport was evacuated. A federal law enforcement source on Wednesday said the incident was a hoax.

“We erred on the side of caution in terms of doing whatever’s necessary to make sure that everybody is safe,” Steward said Tuesday.

Earlier, Shannon Harley, with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, told reporters that a device was found and rendered safe. He provided no other details.

The evacuation had an impact on flights, with some arriving aircraft diverted and some passengers taken from planes already on the ground to hotels.

The FBI is assisting in the ongoing investigation.

CNN’s Dave Alsup and Rich Phillips contributed to this report.

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