WWI artillery shells found in checked bag at O'Hare airport
This photo provided by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) shows two World War I artillery shells discovered by baggage screeners in checked luggage that arrived on a flight from London at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP / Transportation Security Administration)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:56PM EDT
CHICAGO - Baggage screeners at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport have discovered two World War I artillery shells in checked luggage that arrived on a flight from London.
The Transportation Security Administration says the bags belonged to a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old who were returning from a school field trip to Europe.
TSA spokesman Jim McKinney says a bomb disposal crew determined the shells were inert and no one was ever in danger.
The teens told law enforcement they obtained the shells at a French World War I artillery range. It was not clear how.
TSA explosives experts believe they are French 77 mm shells.
They were seized Monday evening while the teens were transferring to a flight to Seattle.