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50 bullets found in passenger's bag at Salt Lake City airport

Published July 3, 2013 12:46 pm

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Transportation Security Administration officers found a lot of bullets inside a passenger's carry-on bag Wednesday morning at Salt Lake City International Airport.

TSA officers found 50 rounds of .22-caliber ammunition while screening the passenger's bag, said TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers. The passenger was on his way to Sacramento and was allowed to continue on his way.

Dankers did not immediately know whether the passenger was cited for having the ammunition, though she added that TSA officers have the power to level a fine of up to $1,500 for such a discovery.

It has been a busy year already for the TSA. In the first six months of 2013, screeners found 894 guns that passengers were holding or in their carry-on bags, a 30 percent increase over the same period last year.

The TSA reminds fliers that firearms, ammunition, firearm parts and realistic replicas of firearms are always prohibited in carry-on baggage.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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