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Man Stopped at LAX Checkpoint Was WWII Enthusiast With Replica Weapons, Airport Police Say

A man stopped at a Los Angeles International Airport checkpoint Friday, prompting a major police response, was carrying multiple World War II replica weapons in his truck, authorities said.

A man is detained after being found with replica firearms at LAX on Aug. 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

A man is detained after being found with replica firearms at LAX on Aug. 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

At about 8:30 a.m., the Los Angeles Airport Police Department announced that police activity had prompted traffic diversions at the airport.

A short time later, an LAX media relations spokesperson said authorities had stopped a man with what was believed to be a firearm at an airport checkpoint.

Sky5 video showed a white truck being investigated by authorities.

Police decided to search the truck after they say the man inside made suspicious statements, Airport Police Department Officer Rob Pedregon said.

What appeared to be multiple weapons could be seen in the street as officers investigated nearby.

Officials later determined the man to be a World War II enthusiast and discovered the items were actually inert replica items. One was apparently an old rifle replica.

Traffic into LAX remained backed up nearly three hours after a man was found to have weapons that turned out to replicas on Aug. 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

Traffic into LAX remained backed up nearly three hours after a man was found to have weapons that turned out to replicas on Aug. 17, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

At one point, a Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad had been sent to assist with the situation.

The man was not arrested but was questioned and later released, authorities said.

The incident impacted traffic at the airport.

KTLA's Jennifer Thang contributed to this report.