All clear given after abandoned limousine prompts evacuations at LAX

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A limousine left in a red zone outside Terminal 5 at Los Angeles International Airport prompted an evacuation Friday morning.

The driver said someone told him it would be OK to leave the vehicle there while he helped a customer with their bags.

Instead, the abandoned vehicle triggered an emergency response and the evacuation of the terminal.

Video from the scene showed dozens of people with luggage in hand standing out in the street just before 7 a.m. The terminal houses several airlines, including Spirit Airlines and American Airlines.

Passengers could also be seen standing outside Terminal 4 nearby.

An employee at the airport told KTLA they heard the evacuation was due to a bomb threat. The Airport later stated that a suspicious vehicle was involved.

A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad was called to the scene to check out the vehicle, according to an LAX police statement.

A tweet announcing that the airport was clear was sent out just after 7 a.m.

The driver was expected to be cited for the violation and have his limousine towed from the scene.

Passengers were asked to remain patient as the airport resumed normal operations.

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