WWI artillery shells found in Chicago O'Hare luggage
April 11, 2014, 12:02 am TWN
CHICAGO--Baggage screeners at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have discovered two World War I artillery shells in checked luggage that arrived on a flight from London.
The Transportation Security Administration says the bags belonged to a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old who were returning from a school field trip to Europe.
TSA spokesman Jim McKinney says a bomb disposal crew determined the shells were inert and no one was ever in danger. TSA explosives experts believe they are French 77 mm shells. The teens told law enforcement they obtained the shells at a French World War I artillery range.
They were seized Monday evening while the teens were transferring to a flight to Seattle. The teens weren't charged.