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Banned firecrackers found in U.S. plane in H.K.

HONG KONG, May 23 Kyodo

Seven firecrackers were found in a toilet of a United Airlines (UA) jet which arrived in Hong Kong from Chicago via San Francisco on Tuesday, local police said Thursday.

The banned objects were discovered during an aviation routine search before UA Flight 895 took off for Singapore on Tuesday night, a police spokeswoman said.

''Bomb disposal officers were called to the scene to examine the items, which were found inside a toilet compartment,'' the spokeswoman said.

Each firecracker measured 6 centimeters in length and 1 cm in diameter.

Hong Kong police have informed U.S. authorities of the discovery.

Some 300 passengers were on board the plane when it arrived in Hong Kong en route to Singapore.
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Date:May 27, 2002
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