Bomb squad responds to suspicious package at Fort Lauderdale airport, Florida
Passengers tweeting from inside and outside the airport say the place has been placed on lockdown.
Everyone on lockdown here at Fort Lauderdale airport. Apparently a bomb threat / suspicious package. pic.twitter.com/MX36Wy0V6g— Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) November 12, 2018
Access roads into Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport closed due to police activity pic.twitter.com/8m6oqqelDr— Flight Alerts (@FlightAlerts_) November 12, 2018
Fort Lauderdale airport is located in Broward County, recently at the center of a pitched battle between Republican and Democrat candidates vying for the Florida Senate seat. GOP candidate Rick Scott has sued the county's electoral officials, alleging voter fraud and improper handling of ballots. Local investigative journalist and conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer claimed on Twitter that a source had told her a box with "provisional" written on it was discovered in the trunk of a rental car at the airport just before it was put on lockdown.
My source tells me the Avis employee said the last person to drive the car left behind a box of SOE supplies & a box w/ the word “provisional” written on it. All of it was found in the trunk of the vehicle. Last person to drive car is reportedly a Broward County Employee.— Laura Loomer (@LauraLoomer) November 12, 2018
The unconfirmed report is likely to fuel ongoing speculation that electoral officials in the Democrat-leaning county are tampering with the vote in favor of Democratic candidate Bill Nelson. On Saturday, the Florida secretary of state ordered a recount of the ballots, since the margin was less than 0.25 percent.
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