Flour and cinnamon 'bomb' shut down airport

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Flour and cinnamon 'bomb' shut down airport

A suitcase which caused police to shut down Düsseldorf airport in fear it was a bomb contained nine kilos of flour and cinnamon. Over 10,000 passengers were affected and 140 flights cancelled.


The alarm was raised in Düsseldorf last Tuesday afternoon after authorities noticed a suitcase in the departure lounge with an image of Big Ben and a London bus without an owner. Initially concerned it could be a bomb, police shut down the airport until 10.30pm.

They quickly realized it was not an explosive, and word spread that the mystery case contained a large amount of drugs. Tests were carried out, but the results were never confirmed.

But according to information from Spiegel Online, the North Rhine-Westphalia state office of criminal investigation found the suitcase contained three bags of flour, cornflour and cinnamon, weighing nine kilos.

The official results are, the site said, to be published on Tuesday. Investigators also found an iPhone charging cable and a towel alongside the flour.

It remains unclear why the owner was carrying so much flour and little else. Footage cannot be released of a suspect because no charges apply: “Carrying food is not forbidden,” a Düsseldorf state security expert told Spiegel Online.

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