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Bomb threat causes airport evacuation in Texas

(Xinhua)

09:12, August 02, 2012

HOUSTON, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- A bomb threat at San Antonio International Airport in the U.S state of Texas caused the evacuation of both terminals there on Wednesday afternoon, said local media.

The alarm was canceled by press time.

The evacuation of about 1,000 passengers began just after 2 p.m. local time after the airport received a call from a man who said that three bombs were in the airport's parking lot, according to the website of The Houston Chronicle, a local English newspaper.

The male caller told the airport that he had left luggage with the bombs at the airport and the airport was about to blow up, a police spokeswoman was quoted as saying.

Twenty-five buses were sent to the airport to help evacuate the passengers and the buses were used as temporary shelter. Firefighters also rushed to the airport, and more than a dozen of San Antonio Fire Department units, including a bomb squad and a hazardous materials team, were also at the scene to investigate the incident.

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