'Fake bomb' causes Norway airport scare

2010-11-23 16:36

Oslo - A bag with fake explosives meant for a military drill caused authorities on Tuesday to evacuate an airport in Norway's second-largest city, police said.

The Flesland Airport in Bergen was closed for almost three hours after security found what looked like an explosive device when they scanned the bag in the check-in area, police spokesperson Terje Hilland said.

A bomb squad from Oslo was called in as the airport closed and all passengers were evacuated.

However, the device turned out to be a "fake bomb" that the Norwegian military was planning to use in a drill, Hilland said.

"But they failed to inform airport staff about the contents," he said.

The bomb scare was called off and the airport reopened later on Tuesday.