N.B. airport reopens after hazmat team clears potentially radioactive substance

BATHURST, N.B. -- The airport in Bathurst, N.B., has reopened and flights have resumed after a hazmat team cleared a package containing what was described as potentially radioactive material.

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A spokeswoman with the Bathurst Regional Airport said crew discovered the package was dented while being unloaded from an Air Canada flight Sunday at around 4 p.m.

Katherine Lanteigne says the airport went into lockdown and one departing flight was delayed, but it reopened about four hours later and after a police hazmat team determined the package was not ruptured.

The airport says two of its employees were placed in quarantine to ensure their safety, but it found there was no possibility of radioactive exposure.

The RCMP, fire and ambulance crews were called to the airport to provide backup.

Air Canada says its flight left for Montreal once the package was removed.


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