'Suspicious Object' Briefly Closes Concourse at Lambert Airport, Mo.

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A Lambert Airport concourse was closed for about an hour Tuesday as a precaution after something immediately unrecognizable was found in a passenger's carry-on luggage, an airport spokeswoman said. The item later turned out to be a large tool a man was taking on a business trip.

It was unclear how many people were affected by the security concern at A concourse about 10:50 a.m., when screeners at a checkpoint could not identify the questioned item and summoned a St. Louis County police bomb-sniffing dog, Lambert spokewoman Sandy Singer said.

People in the concourse were screened at another nearby concourse, then taken by bus to their flights, Singer said. No flights were delayed, she said.

The evacuation was standard procedure whenever anything ''suspicious'' is found, Singer said.

The concourse was reopened roughly an hour later.

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