WWI Artillery Shells Found in Luggage at O'Hare Airport

FBI and Chicago Police officers evacuated the baggage room until the items could be clears as inert

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    Two minors allegedly brought large military-grade munitions to O’Hare International Airport Monday, sparking the evacuation of a baggage room and a response from police and FBI.

    Transportation Security Administration officers at O’Hare Airport spotted two military-grade shells in the checked baggage of two minors, who were part of a field trip returning from London, according to a release from TSA.

    FBI and Chicago Police officers evacuated the baggage room until the items could be clears as "inert" and interviewed the two minors.

    “As a reminder, large munitions are not permitted to be brought on board airplanes, in carry-on or checked baggage,” TSA said in a statement. “Small arms ammunition, including under .75 caliber and shotgun shells, can be packed in checked baggage in accordance with airline policies.”

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    The teens told law enforcement they obtained the shells at a French World War I artillery range. It was not clear how.

    TSA explosives experts believe they are French 77 mm shells.

    They were seized Monday evening while the teens were transferring to a flight to Seattle.

    The teens were questioned then allowed to travel onward. They weren't charged.