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Souvenir causes scare at Phoenix-Mesa airport

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Photo of the souvenir grenade. (Source: Mesa Police Department) Photo of the souvenir grenade. (Source: Mesa Police Department)
It was spotted during a luggage scan. (Source: Mesa Police Department) It was spotted during a luggage scan. (Source: Mesa Police Department)
MESA, AZ (CBS5/AP) -

Authorities on Tuesday released photos of the souvenir grenade that caused a scare at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on Sunday.

An alarm went off when a piece of luggage passed through the scanner containing what looked like a suspicious device.

Security officers were scanning luggage from an Allegiant flight when they spotted the device just after 2:45 p.m.

The airport baggage area was shut down and officers from Mesa Police Department's bomb squad were deployed.

Lt. Kevin Kazmaier is a bomb tech with 30 years of service under his belt at the Mesa Police Department.  He told CBS 5 the X-ray revealed several clues.

"It had a hole in the bottom which would indicate there is no filler in it.  A spring that detonates the grenade was also missing," said Kazmaier.

The device ended up being a non-functioning grenade souvenir.  Police said a man believed to be in his late 50s told investigators that he had purchased it at an antique shop in Scottsdale. The man told police he was going to use it as a paper weight.

Airport spokesman Brian Sexton said Sunday's discovery caused the airport's luggage inspection to stop for about an hour, but it didn't force the delay or cancellation of any flights.

There was no word from the TSA whether the couple who owned the souvenir would be fined.

[Related: TSA's list of items prohibited from aircraft] 

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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