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Jacksonville Airport Reopens After Bomb Squad Removes "Destructive" Device

The airport was shut down for five hours, when authorities found two suspicious packages inside the terminal and a parking garage. Two men were allegedly taken into custody.

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BREAKING NEWS: A bomb squad is inspecting packages in parking garage and terminal at #JIA. http://t.co/cLpwKdBG2N

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BREAKING NEWS: A bomb squad is inspecting packages in parking garage and terminal at #JIA.

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The airport was closed at 6 p.m. forcing hundreds of outbound passengers to miss their flights, while arriving passengers were taken onto the tarmac and rushed away from the area.

People being evacuated into the Tarmac at #JIA. Continuing updates @wjxt4.

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People being evacuated into the Tarmac at #JIA. Continuing updates @wjxt4.

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Two men were seen handcuffed in separate spots shortly before 6 p.m. A witness said he saw police throw a man to the ground outside the airport and then put him in handcuffs.

PIC of man in custody at JAX Airport. Unknown who he is or why cops grabbed him. Courtesy Allyson Schultz.

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PIC of man in custody at JAX Airport. Unknown who he is or why cops grabbed him. Courtesy Allyson Schultz.

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BREAKING NEWS: A viewer picture shows police detaining someone at #JIA. http://t.co/cLpwKdBG2N

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BREAKING NEWS: A viewer picture shows police detaining someone at #JIA.

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This video apparently shows a man being removed from a plane as well.

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The suspicious packages were found inside the terminal and in a parking garage. Police said one of the packages contained "a device that had to be rendered safe," but they did not give more information.

BREAKING: #JIA terminal where suspicious package was found is secure, but there is still an ongoing, active search.

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BREAKING: #JIA terminal where suspicious package was found is secure, but there is still an ongoing, active search.

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#JIA evacuated b/c of suspicious package. Viewer pic of people outside. Watch @wjxt4 for updates.

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#JIA evacuated b/c of suspicious package. Viewer pic of people outside. Watch @wjxt4 for updates.

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When the airport reopened at 11 p.m. passengers were allowed to return for their luggage, but were advised by airport spokesman Michael Stewart to contact their airlines on Wednesday for new flight arrangements.

BREAKING: Employees being allowed back into #JIA. Airport open. Device found. http://t.co/Iuw11f8lnD

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BREAKING: Employees being allowed back into #JIA. Airport open. Device found.

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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