(RNN) - Two capped PVC pipes with wires inside the pipes were in the luggage that caused security personnel to evacuate the Humphrey terminal at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Friday morning.
Airport officials told the Associated Press that the owner of the bag said that the pipes and wires were for water filtration.
The device was not explosive and security officials had no reason to doubt the man. He was released and will not be brought up on criminal charges.
Because of the disruption, however, airport spokesman Patrick Hogan told the Associated Press that the Transportation Security Administration could consider criminal charges.
The man told police that he had a similar incident at an airport in 2009 in Long Beach, CA.
A security screener checking for explosives flagged a piece of luggage at around 6:30 a.m. ET and a bomb squad was called in to investigate. Passengers were allowed back into the terminal at 8:15 a.m. ET.
All travelers who were not screened were moved across the street from the terminal during the evacuation, according to CNN. Other travelers could not reach the terminal during the evacuation.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that operations the main terminal were not affected.
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