A 71-year-old man on his way to Los Angeles has been detained after parts of a potential explosive device were found in his carry-on luggage at Montreal's Trudeau International Airport.
Police sealed off a residential area near the airport and about 20 people were told to leave their homes. Police said they were going to search an apartment.
The package was spotted at a security checkpoint in the US departures area early yesterday, said Jean-Pierre Brabant, a Montreal police spokesman.
The items in the package were not explosives.
"It was different parts of a potential device. To make that a little clearer, let's say you are trying to do a bomb inside the luggage, but one thing was missing: no explosives, but it was different parts of a dangerous device," said Ian Lafreniere, another police spokesman. He did not say what the parts were.
The suspect, who had a plane ticket for Los Angeles, was detained but had not yet been questioned or charged, Mr Lafreniere said today. Everyone on the flight was questioned and luggage was searched as a precaution.