The FBI is assisting local law enforcement in their investigation of a dry ice bomb that went off in an employee bathroom in a cargo area of LAX Sunday night. Local and federal That blast halted TSA screening in Terminal 2 for about 90 minutes, authorities said, delaying flights and leaving travelers stuck.
The explosion occurred about 7 p.m. Sunday in a restricted terminal area not accessible to the general public, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. Screening resumed after about 90 minutes, and the delayed flights were allowed to leave.
Firefighters found the bathroom covered in debris, including evidence of a plastic bottle containing dry ice and believe that a chemical reaction sparked the explosion, Eimiller said. No other devices were found after a sweep of the terminal by K-9 officers and hazmat crews.
The FBI was investigating the incident along with the Los Angeles Police Department, LAX police, Los Angeles Fire Department, Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Inspection, authorities said.