Houston Hobby Airport Evacuation: Toy Grenade Causes Closure At Texas Airport, Boy Scout Detained

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The Houston skyline is seen from Hobby International Airport August 30, 2017, in Houston, Texas. The airport was evacuated Thursday due to a toy grenade in a passenger's bag. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

A Texas airport was evacuated Thursday because of a toy grenade. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) checkpoint at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport was closed due to the "novelty grenade" carried by a passenger in their bag.

TSA workers at the checkpoint apparently yelled "Shut it down!" and "Everyone leave!" around 4:35 a.m. local time, according to an Associated Press journalist present at the scene.

The checkpoint was reopened around 6:30 a.m. after a bomb squad determined the object in question was, in fact, a toy, said Houston Airport System spokesperson Bill Begley, according to KSTP-TV. The toy grenade caused more than an hour's worth of delays for both departing and arriving flights. Twelve Southwest flights and one Delta flight were affected, the Houston Chronicle reported.

A 17-year-old Boy Scout, identified as the one carrying the toy grenade, was detained after the incident, KPRC-TV reported. It was unclear whether he would face any penalties as a result.

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The Houston skyline is seen from Hobby International Airport August 30, 2017, in Houston, Texas. The airport was evacuated Thursday due to a toy grenade in a passenger's bag. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

A similar situation occurred at Miami International Airport in November 2017, when part of the airport was evacuated after a suspicious item was found inside a bathroom. A bomb squad was called and determined the item was a toy grenade.

"It looked real enough for us to implement our safety procedures," Miami Dade Police Detective Lee Coward said at the time, according to CBS.

Just a day before the incident at Hobby Airport, a terminal at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport was shut down after a passenger made comments about explosives, the AP reported. The passenger reportedly made "an inappropriate comment that immediately set off some protocols," according to Begley, and was detained.