Toy Hand Grenade in Luggage Prompts Terminal 2 Closure at San Francisco International Airport

A toy hand grenade found in a piece of luggage at a security checkpoint Sunday afternoon prompted the closure of domestic Terminal 2 at San Francisco International Airport, authorities said.

Passengers were rerouted to boarding area C, which connects to the terminal via a walkway, while police cleared out the so-called suspicious package, airport officials tweeted.

"Originally there wasn't a line. They had just shut down the Terminal and told us to go to Terminal 1," traveler Lynn Kristensen said. "Before you knew it, that line was all the way in LAX. So here we are in San Fran." 

Ticket counters reportedly remained open during the incident but people were moved from Terminal 2 to Terminal 1. Meanwhile, travelers at other terminals said that security lines were lengthy.

Just before 2 p.m., SFO spokesman Doug Yakel told NBC Bay Area that the item had been cleared and the security checkpoint was being reopened.

Further details were not immediately available.

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San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 2 was evacuated after a suspicious package was discovered on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.
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Passengers were not permitted to enter San Francisco International Airport's Terminal 2 while a suspicious item was cleared by police on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015.
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