Terminal at Manchester Airport Closes, Suspicious White Powder Found

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BRITAIN --- A terminal at England’s Manchester Airport has been closed, according to the BBC, and a chemical alert was declared after security staff found a suspicious white powder in a piece of luggage.

The departure area of Terminal 3 was shut down after am unidentified man tried to carry the powder on to an aircraft.

The man's flight schedule had him flying from Manchester to London. The man has not been arrested yet, and police say he is helping with inquiries. A police source said the incident was not believed to be terror-related at this time. But tests are being conducted on the powder.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: "Shortly before 1255 GMT police at Manchester Airport were called by security staff from the check-in desk at Terminal 3, who had discovered a non-identified white powder in a bag which a man was attempting to carry on to a plane.

"Officers attended along with the fire service and they declared it a chemical incident. Tests are currently on-going to establish what the powder is.

"The check-in desk at Terminal 3 has been cordoned off and a man in his 20s is helping police with their inquiries at the airport."



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