LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — LAX Police confirm that a bottle filled with dry ice exploded inside an employee bathroom at Terminal 2 at LAX Sunday.
The “bomb” exploded about 6:30 p.m. in an restricted access bathroom near Gate 27.
Officials said that no one was injured.
The FBI and the Los Angeles Police Department were investigating.
Sunday evening, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller released the following statement: “Earlier this evening, law enforcement and airport officials responded to a report of an explosion in an employee bathroom in Terminal 2 … In a restricted area of the terminal (not accessible to the general public), responders found evidence of a plastic bottle containing dry ice. A chemical reaction caused the explosion. The area is being examined for evidence. The FBI and partners with LAPD, LAX PD, LA Fire, CBP, TSA and other officials will investigate the incident to determine the individual or group responsible.”
Airlines that use Terminal 2 include Hawaiian Air, Virgin Atlantic, Air China, Air France, KLM, WestJet, and Alitalia, to name a few.
No arrests were reported. TSA screenings and normal airport operations resumed around 8 p.m.
Gate 27 is at the far end of the terminal almost directly opposite the TSA screening area. Eimiller said the terminal was not closed but TSA screening was “temporarily halted during the investigation.”