Bottle of dry ice explodes in Los Angeles airport bathroom prompting brief terminal closure

Los Angeles International Airport AP

LOS ANGELES Authorities said an explosion from a plastic bottle containing dry ice at a Los Angeles International Airport terminal caused up to four flights to be delayed.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said a chemical reaction caused the explosion Sunday evening in an employee bathroom in Terminal 2.

No injuries were reported, but as a precaution authorities closed the terminal and examined the area for evidence.

Eimiller said the bathroom was in a restricted area of the terminal that was not accessible to the public.

Airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said officials temporarily halted security screening, which led to the delay of up to four departing flights.

Investigators were trying to determine how the bottle wound up in the bathroom.

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