Old compass sends bomb squad scrambling at PortMiami

 

An old, antique military compass created several hours of havoc at PortMiami Wednesday morning, forcing the shutdown of a terminal and passengers to remain aboard a ship.

When a security alarm went off as a passenger was disembarking Wednesday morning, port operators immediately closed off Terminal B.

An initial search by Miami-Dade Fire Rescue was followed by the county police department's bomb squad, which made the discovery.

"The area has been deemed safe and the seaport is fully operational," Miami-Dade police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said.

Police made the discovery after locking down the terminal, evacuating passengers and visitors, and telling passengers still aboard the ship to remain there until the investigation was complete.

"It was determined that an antique military compass triggered the alarm," Zabaleta said.

-- CHARLES RABIN

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