No bomb found after threat
By Kimberly Vetter
and James Minton
Advocate staff writers
September 23, 2012
The Greater Baton Rouge Metro Airport reopened just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday, about three hours after it was evacuated because of a bomb threat, authorities said.
No explosives were found at the facility at 9430 Jackie Cochran Drive, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Casey Rayborn Hicks said.
Airport authorities received a call at about 4:30 p.m. from someone who indicated there was a bomb at the facility, assistant director Ralph Hennessy said.
Based on information received from the caller, authorities evacuated the airport terminal and parking garage, Hennessy said. A perimeter also was set up around the airport to keep people out of the facility.
The people who were evacuated from the terminal were taken to the airport’s cargo facility, which is out of the perimeter, Hennessy said.
People on two planes that landed just before and shortly after the bomb threat had to wait on the air crafts before being taken to the cargo facility, Hicks said.
The FBI is leading the investigation into the threat, however, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux, who was on scene, said the caller was not local.
Gautreaux also said that the threat was not related to the bomb scare Monday at LSU.