- Police closed down part of the Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in Rome on Monday.
- They did so in order to blow up a suspicious suitcase, according to an eyewitness account by freelance journalist Ned Donovan.
- The suitcase was reportedly filled with coconuts.
Police in Rome, Italy, closed down part of an airport on Monday in order to blow up a suspicious suitcase. But the situation was quickly defused when the bag turned out to be filled with coconuts, according to eyewitness accounts.
The incident occurred at the city’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport and was first reported on Twitter by freelance journalist Ned Donovan.
“The Italian police have just blown up someone’s bag in Rome Airport and are now going through someone’s pants,” he tweeted around 1 p.m. on Monday.
Rather than disarming something nefarious, Donovan said that the police had simply discovered someone’s stash of coconuts.
“Amazing, the Italian police have blown up a bag full of coconuts and have now reopened Rome airport,” Donovan said.
According to the journalist, the coconut bag was detonated in Terminal 3 while onlookers stood alarmingly near the questionable cargo.
“They blew up what they thought was a bomb in the middle of the airport while people were about 10 meters away,” he wrote.
Apparently, after seeing that the suitcase only contained (shredded) coconuts, airport staff simply walked away from the tattered bag.
“And then when it was destroyed the police just wandered off and left it to be cleaned up,” remarked Donovan.
People on Twitter generally thought the incident was funny.
“What if it’s really a bomb?”
“Hmm. Good point. How big are bombs? About 30 feet? Tell that crowd to back up about 30 feet.”
— just Another Dead Weirdo (@dead_weirdo) October 1, 2018
In the criminal justice system, coconut based offenses are considered especially heinous.
In Rome, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious coconuts are members of an elite squad known as the Exlploding Coconut Unit. These are their stories .
*gonk, gonk!* https://t.co/R6clJK2vbx
— Oona (@oona_palumbo) October 1, 2018
WHO IS USING THEIR LUGGAGE SPACE FOR COCONUTS????
— NVS (@schmelte1) October 2, 2018
No details have yet emerged about what actually prompted staff at the airport to single out this suitcase as suspicious. The Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport is the busiest in Italy and the tenth busiest in all of Europe. It sees over 40 million passengers annually.
Staff at Rome’s Fiumicino airport did not immediately respond to INSIDER’s request for comment.
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