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‘Suspicious Package’ Turns Out to be Discarded Motor

June 25, 1986

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ A ″suspicious package″ that prompted the evacuation of the Portland International Jetport terminal Tuesday night turned out to be a discarded electric motor, officials said.

The terminal was evacuated shortly before 11 p.m. when a custodian found the object in the trash. It was described by police as ″cannister-shaped, with some wires coming out of it.″

Ordnance experts from the Brunswick Naval Air Station were called to the scene as a precaution, but airport officials identified the object before the Navy team arrived.

Airport manager Thomas Valleau said the package was a metal cylinder containing an electric motor that had been taken from the conveyor belt of the X-ray machine used to check baggage being placed aboard the planes.

The evacuation caused no flight delays, officials said.