Camera Battery Explodes at Airport, Sparking Panic

A security officer then scoops up the bag and carries it off to a less-populated area.

Orlando International Airport halted flights for almost four hours Friday - canceling dozens of flights and delaying thousands of travelers - to investigate security concerns after a camera battery that overheated and was mistaken for a gunshot.

Officer Ricardo Perez, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Army, swooped in and ran the bag away from travelers. "As a result of the incident, a ground stop was issued, and a number of flights were held while passengers were allowed back into the building and security checkpoints reactivated", said airport spokesman Rod Johnson.

Perez, who works for the Transport Security Administration at Orlando International Airport in Florida, told News 6: "I was so close to the bag".

"Bag went and started smoking". "And so I did what I had to do".

The battery overheated and caused the accompanying camera bag to burst into flames-a scary sight to be sure, but not a real threat. "And so I live to do it again".

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While it was a minor incident, it still caused hours of delays and chaos.

"Others hearing the luggage being dropped, stanchions falling, and rapid movement mistook the sounds as gunfire and within seconds a spontaneous evacuation of the main terminal occurred", Brown said in the letter.

Brown said it was "an abundance of precaution" that he supported.

The Orlando Sentinel reported that thousands of passengers were stuck at security checkpoints after the camera battery blew up and people panicked.

After an investigation, the battery responsible for the incident was reported to have been a camera battery, which is legal aboard flights.

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