Man charged after Brisbane airport scare

Man charged after Brisbane airport scare

Australian police said a man was in custody after an "emergency situation" that prompted the evacuation of the departure terminal of Brisbane Airport on Saturday night.

He is accused of walking into the airport holding a metal box with exposed wiring, the Courier-Mail in Queensland has reported.

In a related incident, a Surfers Paradise auto park and the area around it was cordoned off, with police reportedly finding a unsafe device.

"Subsequently, it's not an explosive".

Police said that the area was now under control but the public should avoid the worldwide terminal.

"All a bit dramatic at Brisbane airport earlier".

Police said they negotiated with an Australian man of Middle Eastern origin before firing beanbag rounds.

"Specialist police have taken a man into custody", a police spokesperson said.

"There is no evidence to suggest the incident at the global airport is terrorism related; it is a domestic violence related situation", police tweeted.

He then chased the woman, a family member, while brandishing the knife, witnesses told Brisbane's The Sunday Mail.

The Australian Federal Police and Queensland Police were called to the airport.

An hour later, a Surfers Paradise auto park near where the man lives was cordoned off and the area evacuated, as police inspected a vehicle.

A woman asked police what was going on and if the Surfers Paradise situation "was connected to what was going on in Brisbane" and allegedly told her to "connect the dots".

The bomb squad have been photographed going from car-to-car through the area, looking for the vehicle in question, which was thought to possibly contain bomb-making materials.

Both Brisbane airport and Surfer Paradise have been cleared.

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