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Two hand grenade replicas show up on X-Ray at RIC

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Posted at 4:38 PM, Oct 24, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-24 16:46:31-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)—Two hand grenades popped up on the X-ray screen Wednesday, at Richmond International Airport, likely giving the TSA officer a heart palpitation.

Fortunately they were children’s toys.

Police responded and confiscated the toy grenades, which belonged to a woman flying to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Homeland Security announced the situation and reminded the public that realistic replica weapons are not permitted on board in carry-on luggage.

“Although these are just toys, they are realistic enough that if the passenger had pulled one of these out while the plane was in flight, it would have caused a great deal of concern from passengers and the flight crew,” Lisette Garcia wrote in an email. 

The passenger was delayed in the hoopla and missed her flight, but was re-ticketed after all was resolved.