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UPDATE: Cigarette Butt Sparked Airport Scare

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - A smoldering fire that shut down a concourse at Pittsburgh International Airport was caused by someone smoking in the boy's room.

Spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny says the butt caught some paper towels and other debris on fire that had been stashed behind a plumbing access panel in a men's room.

Jenny says investigators believe someone was habitually smoking in the rest room because they found other butts, and was using the access panel to get rid of them.

A bomb squad was called out and one concourse shut down for more than three hours Thursday morning because investigators also found a satchel behind the panel. But it just contained a rolled up sleeping mat and authorities don't yet know how or why it got there.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Allegheny County bomb squad and fire marshal were called to Pittsburgh International Airport after smoke was seen in a concourse and a black satchel was found nearby, but officials have determined there was no link between the two and no threat of any kind.

Airport spokeswoman JoAnn Jenny says the smoke was reported about 7:30 a.m. Thursday and investigators traced it to a plumbing access panel in a men's bathroom. Because they also found a black satchel nearby, extra precautions were taken.

But Jenny says investigators have determined the "fire wasn't caused by anything related to the satchel. There's no threat involved in any of this."

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire, but the concourse in question has reopened for normal operations.

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