Rome’s Fiumicino airport came to a standstill on 1 October after staff blew up a suspicious bag whose contents turned out to be nothing more than a (potentially lovely) bunch of coconuts.
Amazing, the Italian police have blown up a bag full of coconuts and have now reopened Rome airport. Here are the exploded coconuts: pic.twitter.com/LnHhYevWIE
— Ned Donovan (@Ned_Donovan) October 1, 2018
The incident occurred in terminal 3 at around 1pm (BST), according to Ned Donovan, a freelance journalist who shared the experience on social media.
“The Italian police have just blown up someone’s bag in Rome Airport and are now going through someone’s pants,” he tweeted. “Amazing, the Italian police have blown up a bag full of coconuts and have now reopened Rome airport.”
Donovan told The Independent that the whole thing took at least 15 minutes and essentially shut down the terminal: “They stopped anyone going airside while dealing with it and no one was allowed to come into the terminal.
“But the people inside were just left to wander around.”
One picture posted by Donovan shows a large group of passengers waiting behind a cordon, while another shows a close up of the exploded tropical fruit.
He tweeted: “There’s so much about this incident that I enjoyed and also felt so Italian. They blew up what they thought was a bomb in the middle of the airport while people were about 10 metres away, and then when it was destroyed the police just wandered off and left it to be cleaned up.”