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Luggage explodes as it’s loaded onto plane at Chicago airport, police say

A bag that exploded as it was loaded onto a plane at an airport in Chicago was possibly the result of a cellphone battery or charger being run over, police said.

The luggage exploded Monday while it was being put onto an airplane at Midway International Airport, WBBM reported. The Chicago bomb unit responded to the scene.

Police say they responded to the airport about 12:20 p.m. Central time to investigate the explosion, the Chicago Tribune reported. No one was injured, the newspaper reported.

Chicago police tweeted about 1 p.m. that the “luggage incident” at the airport was cleared and operations are resuming.

“There is no threat to public safety,” police tweeted.

Police spokesman Anthony Gugliemi said the bag was “affected by a possible cell phone battery or battery charger,” according to a tweet. The bag was run over by a luggage vehicle and did not “combust or explode on its own,” Gugliemi tweeted.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford disputed whether “explosion” accurately described the incident, saying that there was a sound or “pop” from the luggage, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The bag was being loaded onto an outgoing flight for Volaris airlines, a low-cost airline based in Mexico, WGN reported.

A video from Scott McBride on Twitter shows emergency vehicles with flashing lights on the tarmac as the explosion was investigated.

Chacour Koop is a Real-Time reporter based in Kansas City. Previously, he reported for the Associated Press, Galveston County Daily News and Daily Herald in Chicago.
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