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Sep 10, 2011 8:06 PM by Kirsten Bennett

Dulles Airport evacuated because of suspicious item

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) - Officials at Dulles International Airport have evacuated an area around a cargo container including several gates in a concourse that houses mostly international carriers after a suspicious item was found there.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority spokesman Rob Yingling says the item was found Saturday afternoon and the Virginia state explosive ordinance disposal team is on the scene. He says investigators are taking their time and keeping the perimeter in place as a precaution.

He says officials are being extra vigilant in light of recent terror threats, and taking all precautions if something out of the ordinary is discovered. He would not say what kind of item it is, or why it was deemed suspicious

Yingling says two outbound flights have been delayed because the aircraft were within the perimeter.

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