Grenade-Shaped Marijuana Grinder Caused an Airport Evacuation in Argentina

Jul 18, 2018

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Accidental airport evacuations are not all that uncommon. On Tuesday, a grenade-shaped marijuana grinder caused an evacuation at the Astor Piazzolla International Airport (MDQ) in Mar del Plata, Argentina — about 250 miles southeast of Buenos Aries.

An officer holds a pot grinder made in the shape of a grenade, which triggered an evacuation of the Astor Piazzolla airport in Mar del Plata, Argentina. AP
An officer holds a pot grinder made in the shape of a grenade, which triggered an evacuation of the Astor Piazzolla airport in Mar del Plata, Argentina. (AP)


The head of Argentina’s national airport police, Alejandro Itzcovich, told a local TV station that a passenger must’ve discarded the object before boarding their plane. The evacuation caused several flight delays, and this isn’t the first time a grenade-shaped grinder has slowed down airport traffic. In 2016, flights were also delayed at Bellingham International Airport (BLI) in Washington state and at California’s Sacramento International Airport (SMF) after similar objects were found in passengers’ belongings, according to the AP.

A good rule of thumb for flyers packing a carryon is, if it looks like a weapon, leave it at home.


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