Transportation Sector

. August 17, CNN – (Nevada) TSA investigating firecrackers in Southwest flight. Federal officials are investigating how firecrackers got into a Southwest Airlines plane scheduled to leave Las Vegas, Nevada, August 16. Southwest Airlines Flight 2408 was leaving Las Vegas McCarran International Airport and was headed to Kansas City, Missouri. The flight was delayed for an hour when a flight attendant found a plastic bag with firecrackers underneath a seat, an airline spokeswoman said. Passengers deplaned. After an inspection that included re-screening luggage, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) declared the plane safe and allowed passengers to re-board. It landed safely in Kansas City an hour behind schedule, the spokeswoman said. None of the passengers claimed the plastic bag, but the TSA said it is investigating how the prohibited items got onto the aircraft.

. August 16, Los Angeles Times – (California) Loaded gun found in passenger’s carry-on bag at LAX. Federal authorities discovered a loaded handgun in the carry-on bag of a passenger from Alabama as he passed through a security checkpoint August 16 at Los Angeles International Airport. Airport police arrested the passenger, age 25, on suspicion of carrying a loaded firearm after the .38-caliber Walther pistol was discovered in his luggage during X-ray screening by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers. Firearms are allowed in checked baggage as long as they are unloaded, stored in a proper carrying case, and reported to the airline. The passenger, who had purchased a ticket for a flight to Dallas, was taken into custody at the American Airlines terminal and booked into jail at Los Angeles Police Department’s Pacific Division. TSA officials said the agency discovers about two firearms a day in the luggage of travelers at airports across the nation.

. August 16, York Daily Record and York Sunday News – (Pennsylvania) Truck hauling 50,000 pounds of trash rolls down embankment along I-83. A tractor-trailer hauling 50,000 pounds of trash rolled down an embankment August 15 along Interstate 83 in Pennsylvania, injuring the driver and causing a 4.5 hour closure of the southbound lanes. And more closures were expected August 16, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) spokeswoman. The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Harrisburg Hospital, state police said. He was later discharged, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Southbound traffic, warned by digital highway signs, was restricted to one lane for about an hour, then detoured for several hours onto Route 114. The PennDOT spokeswoman said the tractor-trailer was not removed August 15 because it takes time to arrange for a crane large enough to lift it. One of the rig’s saddle tanks was punctured during the rollover, and about 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled out, she said. Firefighters built a dam to prevent the fuel from flowing into the nearby Yellow Breeches Creek, and a York County hazardous-materials crews provided additional cleanup materials.
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Postal and Shipping Sector

. August 16, Madison Capital Times – (Wisconsin) Mailbox explodes, bomb squad finds another device in second mailbox, police say. Police in Madison, Wisconsin, are looking for two men suspected of setting off an explosive device inside a mailbox on the east side, and putting a second explosive device in another mailbox close to the first. The explosion was reported at 10:33 p.m. August 15 in the 700 block of Mayfair Avenue, police said. “Residents reported hearing something that sounded like fireworks, as a mailbox on Mayfair Avenue was blown up,” the police spokesman said in a news release. Immediately after the explosion, witnesses said a white, boxy conversion-style van was seen driving from the area, with two men inside. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was called in and found another explosive device in a mailbox. “The bomb squad rendered it safe,” he said. The only descriptions given of the two suspects is that they were white males, 40 to 49 years old, with one having short hair.

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