Bellingham airport evacuated after screening swab tests positive for explosives

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — The Bellingham International Airport was evacuated Sunday evening.

A bomb squad was at the airport investigating after screeners got "a positive swab for explosives," police said.

The item swabbed was luggage left unattended. By Sunday evening, police had determined the luggage was "completely empty."

At least one flight was impacted, according to police. Operations were beginning to resume as normal at about 5:15 p.m.

Around 300 passengers were allowed to stay in a post-screening area during the investigation, "far from the area of concern," police said.

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