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US: San Antonio airport reopens after bomb threat

Aug 02, 2012 06:02 AM IST India India

San Antonio: The San Antonio International Airport was evacuated for about 90 minutes on Wednesday after a caller said three bombs were planted in a parking garage, but police did not find anything dangerous.

San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus indicated that the caller gave 'specific threats' concerning the parking garage and 'non-specific threats' concerning both airport terminals.

The terminals were reopened around 4 pm local time. But airport officials said they believed it would take several hours for the flights to resume as scheduled because evacuated passengers have to go back through security.

"A caller reported three vehicles in a lower level of the parking garage contained bombs," McManus said. Bomb-sniffing dogs were sent to check the vehicles.

While the two terminals were evacuated, air conditioned city buses were brought in to keep waiting passengers cool. Temperatures at the airport reached 100 F (38 C) on Tuesday.

Airport spokesman Rich Johnson said about 1,000 people were evacuated, including employees and passengers waiting for flights.

With Additional Inputs From Reuters