Lithium battery explodes in bag at Orlando International Airport, police say

Dramatic moment hero airport worker grabs smoking backpack as it EXPLODED in busy airport

Lithium battery explodes in bag at Orlando International Airport, police say

Ricardo Perez, a U.S. Army veteran, showed his bravery on Veterans Day when he grabbed the bag and ran it to an area where an explosion would not hurt anyone.

A video showed people evacuating trams at the airport. Seeing the smoke, the passenger and others around them immediately moved away from the bag, knocking over line dividers and dropping luggage in a panic.

Travelers at the Orlando International Airport flew into a panicked frenzy after a camera's battery exploded at a terminal security checkpoint.

"In an abundance of caution, passengers inside the terminal were instructed to exit the building while Orlando Police and Orlando International Airport staff investigated", the airport said.

As per the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), lithium-ion or lithium metal batteries, usually used for cell phones, laptops and portable chargers, are only allowed to be brought on an airplane in a carry-on bag and must adhere to regulations on wattage and weight.

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TSA Orlando routinely conducts active shooter drills and TSA officers are trained to direct passengers to safety.

"I leaned over, grabbed it, picked it up", Perez told ABC-13 Orlando. "And so I did what I had to do". The entire incident lasted approximately four hours from start to finish to get all passengers re-screened.

There was a battery inside that was over-heated and exploding in pops that sounded like gunfire. "Because it's louder than the public address system", Brown said.

Brown said in the letter that emergency staff tried to restore calm "but as everyone is aware, a few trying to communicate a message to this large of a mass is a daunting task".

Hours after the battery explosion, massive crowds were still working their way through security to get to their flights.

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