Truck prompts security scare at D/FW Airport

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on September 11, 2011 at 3:52 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 11 at 10:40 PM

D/FW AIRPORT — A truck loaded with pyrotechnics prompted a security incident that had a lot of people on edge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport just after one o'clock Sunday afternoon, the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Police said a stunt performer picking up a passenger left his Penske rental truck unattended outside Terminal B.

Officials were concerned because the truck — which had an SUV on a trailer hitched behind it — was parked adjacent to a gate where 200 U.S. military personnel were being welcomed from Afghanistan.

Part of the road in front of the terminal was closed off as a precaution, and the bomb squad was brought in to investigate.

Officers found several weapons inside the truck in addition to the pyrotechnics. 

Police said the driver — who works for a Discovery Channel reality show called "Sons of Guns" — cooperated with authorities and was not charged. The weapons were licensed.

"I guess you could only describe it as being unaware of your circumstances and unaware of the circumstances around the day, and unaware of the circumstances regarding security at the location you happen to be in," said D/FW Airport spokesman David Magaña.

The incident did not affect flights or operations —  other than parking — at Terminal B.

The roadway adjacent to Terminal B was reopened about three hours after the alert was issued.

 E-mail jbetz@wfaa.com

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