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 Tampa.

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 authorities.

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.

To contact reporter Rebecca Tobin, send e-mail to [email protected].


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