Jacksonville boy sparks scare after GRENADE was found in his hand luggage

Anything to declare? Boy, 12, sparks security scare after a GRENADE was found in his hand luggage� at Florida airport

  • TSA officers intercepted the inert grenade at Jacksonville's airport
  • A day earlier they found a hatchet in a 16-year-old'scarry-on bag
  • Incidents led to a warning for parents to check their child's luggage

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Chris Kitching for MailOnline

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12:31, 7 August 2015

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Jacksonville boy sparks scare after GRENADE was found in his hand luggage

This grenade was found in a 12-year-old boy's hand luggage at Jacksonville International Airport

A 12-year-old boy caused panic at a Florida airport after security officers found a grenade during an inspection of his hand luggage.

The boy and his family were going through a checkpoint with other passengers when Transportation Security Administration officers made the shocking discovery at Jacksonville�s international airport.

Coupled with a similar incident earlier in the week, it prompted a warning for parents to check their children�s luggage before travelling.

TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz said the grenade was inert, but even a replica can result in an evacuation until it is determined the device does not pose a threat.

That same day, TSA officers prevented two passengers from carrying guns on board their flights.

A day earlier TSA officers at Orlando International Airport found a small hatchet in a 16-year-old boy�s hand luggage.

In response to that discovery, Koshetz encouraged parents to check their children�s luggage, writing on Twitter: �You may be going camping, but check the bag.�

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The TSA regularly uses its blog and Instagram account to post images of shocking items discovered by its officers.

It is intended to educate the travelling public on what is and isn�t allowed through security at airports.

Prohibited items that were recently discovered include handguns with a round chambered, a cane sword, smoke bombs and a jawbone tomahawk.

Jacksonville boy sparks scare after GRENADE was found in his hand luggage

TSA officers found a hatchet in a carry-on bag belonging to a 16-year-old who was going on a camping trip

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