FBI Joins Investigation Into Dry Ice Explosion at LAX

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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has joined a group of agencies that are conducting a joint investigation into a dry ice explosion that occurred in an employee restroom at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night, authorities said.


A Los Angeles Airport Police vehicle is seen at LAX on Sunday night.

No injuries were reported in the incident, which occurred about 7 p.m. in Terminal 2, said Laura Eimiller, spokeswoman for the FBI’s Los Angeles field office. Responders found a plastic 20 oz. bottle in the restroom, which is located in a restricted area of the terminal.

The Transportation Safety Administration resumed screening after it was temporarily halted as a precaution during the investigation, Eimiller said.

In addition to the FBI, the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Airport Police, the Los Angeles Fire Department, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the TSA were investigating the explosion.

Security at LAX was heightened in September after a former TSA agent was arrested for allegedly making terrorist threats related to the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

In May, a Disneyland employee was arrested in connection with a small dry-ice explosion in the theme park’s Toontown area.