The roadway to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport’s terminal has been reopened after Maryland Transportation Authority Police and the FBI investigated and removed a vehicle on the lower level, officials said on social media.

Agency police said that law enforcement had taken an individual into custody and that the investigation is ongoing.

Maryland Transportation Authority officials said in a statement Thursday morning that the incident was a bomb threat, but no charges have been filed.

“The individual made statements referencing a possible explosive device in their vehicle, which was parked near the entrance to the airport’s lower level,” MDTA said. “The individual was later transported to a local hospital for mental health treatment.”

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Law enforcement shut down the roadway approaching the airport for about an hour before clearing the vehicle in question. The lower level roadway, typically used for pickup of arriving passengers, continued to remain closed until 5:08 p.m.

“There are no restrictions for those approaching or leaving the terminal. Expect residual traffic delays from prior backups,” airport officials said on social media.

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Light rail was also interrupted as Maryland Transit Administration officials cut service to BWI while the investigation was ongoing. As of 4:24 p.m., trains are once again traveling to BWI.

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The MTA also restricted service for the LocalLink 75 bus route.

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with MDTA saying a bomb threat was the cause of the shutdown.

Daniel Zawodny covers transportation for the The Baltimore Banner as a corps member with Report For America. He is a Baltimore area native and graduated with his master's degree in journalism from American University in 2021. He is bilingual in English and Spanish and previously covered immigration issues.

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