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Bomb scare at Houston airport turns out to be toy grenade

Passengers at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport had an early morning scare when a bomb threat rocked the security line.

The threat ended up being a toy grenade, stuffed in the suitcase of a 17-year-old Boy Scout, local NBC affiliate WTHR and The Associated Press reported Thursday. A TSA agent spotted the suspicious object around 4:35 a.m. CT and shouted to "shut it down," says an AP reporter who was at the airport. Waiting passengers were told to "clear out," creating a huge backup and delaying 15 flights.

Once the bomb squad ensured the item was just a toy, passengers were allowed to head to their flights, says AP. The Scout was questioned afterward, but it's unclear if he'll face penalties for the scare.