'Tip' over stolen rig not true

| Tuesday, June 24, 2003

Transportation around Burbank Airport was delayed June 23 after an anonymous tip about an explosive-laden truck prompted authorities to shut down area streets, a local Metrolink station and one runway.

Authorities found film-studio pyrotechnics but no explosives on the truck, according to press accounts.

Numerous agencies responded to the scene, including the Los Angeles Police Department's special bomb squad unit, the FBI, and Burbank police and fire departments.

Authorities closed off traffic for one square mile around the truck and airport officials shut down one of the airport's two runways – the north-south runway. Metrolink also halted its trains from the Antelope Valley at the Sylmar-San Fernando station.

Police authorities said the detained truckdriver was cooperative. He said the anonymous tip may have stemmed from a labor dispute because the driver was non-union. On Saturday, authorities received an anonymous tip that a stolen truck packed with explosives was on its way to the Burbank Airport from Texas.

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