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UPDATE: Peoria Sheriff's Deputy: Suspected bomb at Peoria International Airport fake


WEEK in Peoria reports a Peoria County Sheriff's deputy says the suspected bomb found at the Peoria International Airport is fake.

Peoria Police's Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit determined the supposed bomb thought to contain dynamite and explosives was actually dog fetch toys with the word 'dynamite' printed on them, a mason jar with liquid and an aerosol can.

Officials say Michelle Davidson, 38, of Maryland, who travels to Planned Parenthood clinics across the country, uses the fake bomb as a demonstration item. She attempted to check a package with the fake bomb at about 6:30 a.m., and was detained by the TSA.

Officials say Davidson was in Peoria to conduct training at a clinic. Davidson's employer, the National Abortion Federation, confirmed the explanation with police.

The Peoria County Sheriff's Office says Davidson will not be charged in the incident.

WEEK News 25 in Peoria reports that the Peoria International Airport was partially evacuated due to a bomb threat, and officials have a woman in custody.

TSA officials say a woman attempted to check a package at the American Airlines counter at about 6:30 a.m.. Peoria County Sheriff Mike McCoy told 1470 WMBD that the package contained dynamite, a timer and bottles of fluid, which were found during a routine scan by TSA officials.

The scan was confirmed when authorities opened the package using a robot. The woman is being questioned by authorities.

Flights were delayed at the airport for nearly three hours due to the threat. Traffic was backed up for about a half mile on the nearby Dircksen Parkway while officials investigated the threat, but traffic is now moving.

However, officials say they are taking necessary precautions with the explosives. Police are still investigating the threat, and no injuries have been reported.

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