Terminal at Reno-Tahoe Int’l back open; suspicious vehicle cleared

Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 11:33 AM PDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2020 at 11:45 AM PDT
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - UPDATE: Airport officials say the suspicious vehicle was cleared and determined to be safe. The terminal is now fully open and operational.

In a press conference, Airport Spokesperson Brian Kulpin said the owner of the vehicle was found inside the airport. He told officials he had recently purchased the vehicle and that it had been out on a gun range and that is why the airport dogs smelled explosive residue on it.

In addition to the airport bomb dogs, the City of Reno bomb experts also cleared the vehicle.

Kulpin said he couldn’t say whether the incident would have any impact on President Trump’s campaign rally planned for Saturday at a private hangar at the airport.

Kulpin said he expected things to get back to normal at the airport rather quickly. He also stressed the importance of passengers following airport rules when it comes to parking on the curb at the terminal.

“We live in a post 9/11 world everyday of our lives in the airport environment,” Kulpin said. “Safety is always the number one priority.”

ORIGINAL STORY: The Reno-Tahoe International Airport has been partially evacuated.

Airport officials said it was due to a suspicious vehicle.

No other details have been released. The public is asked to avoid the area surrounding the airport at this time.

More information from officials is expected at 11:45 a.m.

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