Jacksonville airport was closed down for several hours after two suspicious packages were found. The police described one of them as destructive in nature. Both packages were taken off site. One story said that there were two arrests made but the police refuse to confirm or deny that report.
The Airport was evacuated at 6:00PM on Tuesday evening when the two packages were found, one in the terminal and one in a nearby parking lot.
Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesman Shannon Hartley reported that one of the packages “had some destructive nature” and was taken off site. Hartley could also not confirm the two arrests.
WJXT-TV, searched through the arrest reports and found that a man by the name of Zeljko Causevic, was arrested and booked at 1:30 AM, Wednesday morning. He was charged with, a false report about planting a bomb or explosive and manufactured possession, sale or delivery of mailing a hoax bomb.
Eye witness accounts from the airport related a story of a man who was refusing to cooperate with TSA screeners. He refused to remove his jacket and his shoes. When asked if he had a bomb, the man replied that he did.
Quotes from an eye witness on the scene, Catherine Swan-Clark, were reported by WJXT-TV:
“He was wearing a dark leather jacket. He had dark hair, he was wearing sunglasses, shoes. That was weird, the fact that he was trying to go through with all of that on. He had to take all of that off to get through security. So, it’s kind of scary.”
“The guy apparently, was not cooperating. I mean, I was in the middle of getting patted down and he… all the TSA agents started moving in and I heard one of the agents say, ‘so you’re telling me you have a bomb?’. And the guy said, ‘yes, I have a bomb’.”
Witnesses said that two men were detained, the one in the security line and one that was removed from an airplane.
Incoming planes were held on the tarmac and buses were supplied to take the passengers to nearby hotels. The airport terminal was reopened late Tuesday night.