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The baggage level of Miami International Airport's Terminal H was evacuated Wednesday evening after a K-9 dog sniffed an unattended bag. Police said they believed it might contain an explosive, though they ultimately said that they did not find a bomb. In this exclusive video, a Miami-Dade Police bomb expert heads into the terminal to begin his inspection of the blue piece of luggage. Bystander Jason Rayes and passenger Luis Tuesta spoke about what they saw.
Police said they did not find a bomb in an unattended piece of luggage that prompted an evacuation of the baggage level of Miami International Airport's Terminal H Wednesday evening.
Police said at about 10:30 p.m. that they located the woman whose bag led to the evacuation, they said.
A police bomb squad removed the suspicious bag from the terminal at about 8:10 p.m. as authorities checked it out. They had said they believed it might contain an explosive.
Police said they were investigating after a K-9 dog sniffed the unattended bag.
"The dog smelled something," said Jason Rayes, who was picking up a friend from MIA.
Police set up a perimeter, called in Miami-Dade Fire Rescue, and rerouted traffic so the bomb squad could investigate the bag.
The luggage was abandoned in the baggage claim area, and baggage claim and the area above it were evacuated as a precaution, Miami-Dade Police spokesman Roy Rutland said.
Terminal H was not being used for flights, airport spokesman Marc Henderson said. Passengers were diverted to other concourses, he said.
Passengers said they couldn’t get their bags and were stuck outside until the situation was cleared.
"We came down to get out bags and they said no, we couldn't access the lower floor to get them. The bomb squad dogs and a bunch of dogs went in and they evacuated this whole area," said Luis Tuesta, a passenger from Spain.