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Bomb squad called after brewer's yeast ends up in luggage

Posted - Apr. 14, 2010 at 10:00 p.m.



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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS -- A Utah woman wants to know how brewer's yeast ended up in her baggage after a trip from New York.

She boarded her plane and was told her carry-on luggage would have to be checked. She beat the baggage home, but retrieved it from the airport and started unpacking Wednesday night.

She found an 8-by-10-inch package wrapped in Mylar plastic with tape around it. Upon discovery of the package, a bomb squad was called to the home near 6600 South and 2900 East in Cottonwood Heights.

Hazmat crews later determined it was brewer's yeast, which is used to brew beer and bake some breads.

Capt. Clint Smith with the Unified Fire Authority said, "The brewer's yeast poses no hazard to anyone involved. The real question is, how did that particular package end up in her bag while in transit from the east coast to Salt Lake City?"

TSA officials will investigate to determine exactly how that happened.

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