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Suspicious bags prompt evacuation of terminals at LAX

Three terminals at Los Angeles International Airport were evacuated Wednesday morning after police received reports of suspicious packages.

At about 9:30 a.m. local time, a police dog sniffed out a suspect bag underneath a ticketing booth, prompting the evacuation of Terminal 6. Minutes later, Terminal 7 was evacuated when an unattended bag was discovered under a pedestrian bridge. As the LAPD bomb squad headed to Terminal 7, a third report came in of another unattended bag in a men's bathroom in Terminal 5, triggering an evacuation there.

LAX spokeswoman Mary Grady told the Los Angeles Times that while airport operations were briefly shut down, police have cleared the terminals and passengers have returned.

This all happened on the airport's busiest day of the year, with Grady saying close to 239,000 passengers are expected to fly out of LAX by the end of the day.