Boy Scout detained after fake grenade causes security scare at Hobby Airport

By Lea Wilson - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - A checkpoint at William P. Hobby Airport was shut down Thursday after a fake grenade was found in a bag, officials said.

The device was reported around 4:30 a.m. when it was found in a bag at a TSA screening checkpoint, airport officials said. Passengers were told to run and clear the area, travelers said.

One passenger said they were told of a suspicious bag, but not much further information was given to travelers during the investigation. 

VIDEO: Traveler recalls grenade scare at Hobby Airport

An explosive unit was called to investigate if the device was active, but was turned around when police discovered the grenade was a toy.

Police said a 17-year-old Boy Scout was carrying the toy as part of a future exercise on what not to bring to an airport.

The teenager was kept for questioning and allowed to continue on his flight about an hour later, police said. It is unclear if he will face charges or fines.

The checkpoint was reopened just after 5:30 a.m. after the device was removed.

Airport officials said travelers should expect delays and to check with airlines to see if flights were affected.

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