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Man charged after dynamite joke at Miami airport

/ 12:18 PM November 27, 2012

MIAMI – A concourse at Miami International Airport was partially evacuated after a man allegedly joked that he had dynamite in his luggage.

Miami-Dade police say 63-year-old Alejandro Hurtado, of Guatemala, made the remark Monday when a TACA Airlines ticket agent asked if he was carrying any hazardous materials.

Police said that when the agent told him he was calling police, Hurtado said he was only joking.

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Bomb squad officers responded and searched Hurtado’s bag but found no explosives. Concourse J was partially evacuated. Hurtado was taken into custody and charged with falsely reporting a bomb at an airport.

Airport officials said the investigation delayed one outgoing Avianca Airlines flight by an hour.

Some arriving international flights were also delayed because of the evacuation.

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