Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Piece of Luggage Explodes at Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston)

What is described as a small piece of luggage exploded shortly after the flight carrying it landed at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. Thankfully no one was hurt, but what it means is that a bomb may have made it aboard a flight. That being the case we could be looking at a failed terrorist attack meant to take down an airliner.

Assuming further that this is what the incident turns out to be, once again we will have been saved by the terrorist's stupidity as apposed to any successful counter-terrorist actions. A win is a win, but we can only be lucky for so long.


"A small piece of luggage exploded at Bush Intercontinental Airport on Tuesday afternoon. No injuries were reported.

The luggage exploded shortly after it was unloaded from a jet around 2 p.m., according to the Houston Airport System. The jet had just landed at the airport.

Ground crews said they noticed something strange about the luggage and were working to remove it when the explosion occurred. While no injuries were reported, several agencies including the Houston Fire Department, were called to the scene.

Update: NBC News is reporting that it may have just been an aerosol can that burst (via Michelle Malkin and Glenn Reynolds).


  1. Good Lord. Yeah, those will break, if they're dropped from a high enough spot. Reminds me of the time, when I was at a campground and I accidently kicked a can of gasket sealer into a camp fire.


    Oh Lordy... my heart about stopped.

  2. @Patrick - The boom was probably your best case scenario once the sealer was in the fire. Failing catastrophically turned it into a percussion grenade, though likely not one that could do much damaged unless you were close enough that being burned by the fire was a bigger concern. Had it failed in one spot it could have turned into a self propelled bullet.


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