Police & Fire Respond To “Suspicious Package”

April 18, 2013

[Updated: The "all clear" has been given, and standard airport operations are back to normal as of 12.45pm]

The airport is on lock down, and emergency personnel are presently on scene following a report of suspicious packages earlier today [Apr 18].

Both the Fire Service and Police are present, crime scene tape can be seen, Fire Service personnel can be seen putting on breathing apparatus and the Police Explosive Ordnance Disposal [EOD] team are on their way to the airport.

Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines confirmed that two suspicious packages were found, and said that in the abundance of caution emergency services have commenced standard operational procedures. Further details are limited at this time, however we will update as able.

This is the second time this year that emergency personnel have responded to the airport following a report of a suspicious object. In January a report of an “unknown substance” was made by staff at the LF Wade Airport, and it was later revealed that the envelope that prompted the incident was penned by an anonymous person based in Hong Kong and referred to the “doomsday scenario” connected with the end of the Mayan calendar.

Update 12.14pm: A Transport Ministry spokesperson said, “The LF Wade International Airport was put on lock down this morning following the discovery of a suspicious package. Airport officials have implemented lock down procedures while the threat level is assessed.”

More and more people can be seen outside the airport, with it appearing there is some form of evacuation in place. There are also traffic restrictions in place.

LF Wade International Airport Suspicious Package Bermuda, April 18 2013-8

Update 12.41pm: Additional police officers have arrived. Airport General Manager Aaron Adderley can be seen out speaking with passengers explaining the situation and extending apologies for the inconvenience.

Update 12.51pm: Mr Adderley said that an “unidentified package” was discovered, and that as of now the airport has received the “okay” from the Police and Fire personnel and they are “returning to a sense of normalcy.”

When asked about flights, he said that the Air Canada and Jet Blue flights, which were in the process of checking in when this occurred, may experience some delays on departure.

Standard airport operations appear to be getting back to normal. People have headed back inside the airport and emergency personnel look like they are preparing to depart.

LF Wade International Airport Suspicious Package Bermuda, April 18 2013-20

Update 1.03pm: A Transport Ministry spokesperson said, “The LF Wade International Airport was put on lock down this morning following the discovery of a suspicious package. Airport officials implemented lock down procedures while the threat level was assessed but the all clear has now been given and operations are returning to normal.”

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  1. Me says:

    Oh no. Hope it is nothing major and just forgotten bags.

    • a i hope i anit nothing serouis like wtf

    • Hey blues singer says:

      Hilarious! Crazy folk messin around like this is Homeland. Get real, and get back to your day jobs of catching burglars, there ain’t never gonna be a bomb here in lil ol Bermuda.

      • Time Shall Tell says:

        Many also thought the gun problem in Bermuda would never get so bad. Judging by the HazMat suits they’re wearing, I doubt they thought it was a bomb but more on the scale of a dangerous chemical.

  2. Cranberry says:

    Ceasar Salad…

  3. Paradise Reclaimed says:

    Hope it wasn’t our backordered ganja!

  4. dumb ox comments,Bermudians think they are so cut off from reality from the rest of the real world but just as guns began to be used,it wont suprise me when we do start having idiots that go around doing stupidity like we saw in Boston.

    So to all the authorities and emergency personel, I say thank you because there are some of us that realize that in times of crisis you are the ones that are on the front line and risking your lives on behalf of others.

    So to the negative comments,please get serious and be grateful that it was not anything seroius and that precautions was taken.

  5. Opressed says:

    KFC
    Tases vell too!