VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Airport authorities gave the "all clear" just after 1:00PM, after a suspicious package prompted the evacuation of Valdosta Regional Airport.
The notice came just two hours after a security officer found the package in the front parking lot.
According to the airport director, a package was found with a label that said "pressure cooker" on it.
There was no immediate word on how it was left there.
Those in the building were directed to go out onto the runway area, and no one was allowed to go in or out of the airport for about two hours.
The package was first discovered by a security patrol officer at about 11:00AM. He asked airport staff in anyone had out it there or knew anything about it, but no one did.
The officer then alerted authorities, who evacuated the building in an abundance of caution.
"It also had some sort of a residue on the bottom corner, kind of an oily residue. We didn't get close enough to it to se if it was water or oil or whatever, so we immediately alerted the authorities," Airport Manager Jim Galloway explained.
A GBI bomb disposal unit was also dispatched to the scene.
The Valdosta Police Department issued this release just after 1:00 Tuesday-
The suspicious box found in the parking lot of the Valdosta Regional Airport ended up being a pressure cooker pot. There was nothing in the cooker and at this time there is no foul play suspected. There will be a follow up investigation conducted to try to find out how the item got left in the parking lot.
The airport was secured when the item was discovered and flights were held from coming into the airport. It is always best to err on the side of caution when there is a public safety concern. In this instance, several public safety agencies (VPD, LCSO, GBI Bomb Squad, and the Valdosta Fire Department) worked together to evaluate the incident and to make sure there was absolutely no threat to public safety.
The airport is now open with normal operations resuming.