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BWI evacuated due to 'unusual odor,' officials say

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Passengers are being allowed back into all terminals at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport after several piers were evacuated due to an unusual odor early Monday morning, officials say.

Passengers gather in the terminal after the piers were evacuated. (Photo: Brendan Wright/Twitter)

The odor, of unknown origins, caused nearly an hour-long evacuation of Piers A and B in Pier B, BWI spokesperson Jonathan Dean said. The incident began around 8:50 a.m., when fire and rescue crews responded to a report of the odor.

Dean says that officials are investigating an item, potentially pepper spray, that was left in a trash bin near the security checkpoint at concourse B.

Airport officials said at about 9:35 a.m. that screening checkpoints on the A concourse had reopened. The B gates reopened about 20 minutes later.

Multiple Twitter users at the airport report a crowded but not chaotic scene in the terminal during the incident.

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