TAMPA, Fla. -- Two Florida ports experienced security-related
scares Sept. 11.
The first involved a passenger who packed a belt buckle
resembling a grenade for a Carnival Sensation cruise departing from
After screeners spotted the grenade in his bag, the terminal was
evacuated and the bomb squad brought in to examine the suitcase, a
Carnival spokeswoman said.
After it was determined the item was actually clothing, the line
did allow the owner of the grenade-like belt buckle to board the
Sensation. The buckle, however, stayed behind with the
The ship departed "slightly late" for its four-day cruise.
Meanwhile across the state, authorities were at Port Canaveral
early in the morning to examine four suspicious containers near the
Disney Cruise Line terminal.
A Disney ship and a Royal Caribbean International vessel idled
in the ship channel while authorities examined the canisters.
It turned out they were remnants of recent construction at the
port, and the two ships were allowed to proceed to their berths
around 6:30 a.m.
"And business went back to usual," a Disney spokesman said.
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