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50 bullets found in passenger’s bag at Salt Lake City airport
First Published Jul 03 2013 11:54 am • Last Updated Jul 03 2013 10:42 pm

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.

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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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