Evacuated concourse reopens at ORF after bomb squad removes suspicious item

Transportation Security Administration officers at Norfolk International Airport Thursday, June 22, 2017. Authorities blocked a concourse to investigate a suspicious package. Credit: WAVY-TV 10

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — An evacuated concourse at the Norfolk International Airport (ORF) reopened Thursday morning, after the bomb squad removed a suspicious item.

Sources tell 10 On Your Side that an x-ray security scan appeared to show a pipe bomb inside of a carry-on bag. Concourse B was evacuated around 7:40 a.m. and bomb squad units were called in to investigate.

It was determined, however, that nothing dangerous was inside of the luggage. According to officials with the Transportation Security Administration, investigators only discovered personal and business items for a trade show.

The concourse reopened shortly after 11 a.m. and normal operations resumed.

Some flights were diverted to Concourse A. Officials say a few flights were delayed but none were canceled.

Gallery: Suspicious package investigation at ORF

People at the airport who spoke with 10 On Your Side said they were not afraid for their safety during this situation — but some were concerned about their flight status.

One passenger who was flying overseas Thursday said, “I just hope I get there on time, I’m going to see my mom.”

“It’s happened before,” another passenger said. “Unfortunately, I think that’s the way things are today.”