Shortly after 5 p.m. Friday night at the Orlando International Airport, a lithium battery inside a camera overheated in front of the security checkpoint to gates 1-59.
As a result of the reported loud noise associated with the overheating battery, passengers inside the terminal building spontaneously ran through the security checkpoint without being screened, while Orlando Police and Orlando International Airport security and operations staff were investigating the explosion.
Once it was determined there was no danger to the public, passengers were allowed back inside the main terminal building.
A ground stop was issued affecting all flights. Because of the exiting non-screened passengers, all airsides had to be cleared all passengers re-screened, per Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security procedures.
Lithium batteries with more than 100 watt-hours are allowed in carry-on bags with airline approval, but are prohibited in checked bags, according to the Transportation Security Administration.