Passenger carry-on bag ignites at West Virginia airport

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Yeager Airport in West Virginia says a passenger’s carry-on bag ignited as it was going through the security checkpoint.

The airport in Charleston said the cause of the small explosion was determined to be two lithium batteries attached to a charger. Airport police extinguished the flames, and the airport said there were no injuries or delays as a result of the incident. The passenger continued on to the flight.

Airport Director Terry Sayre said passengers should review Transportation Security Administration regulations regarding prohibited and regulated items before flying.

The airport said in a news release that lithium batteries with more than 100 watt hours may be allowed in carry-on bags with airline approval but are limited to two spare batteries per passenger. Loose lithium batteries are prohibited in checked bags. Battery regulations are available online .

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