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Scientist in bomb scare once charged with transporting bubonic plague

Scientist in bomb scare once charged with transporting bubonic plague He was acquitted in 2003 on key charge, but got prison time MIAMI — The suspicions airport security officials had when they saw the metal canister grew when they learned about the man who brought it in from the Middle East: a scientist who sparked a bioterrorism scare after he reported missing vials of plague samples seven years ago. Officials shut down most of Miami International Airport overnight, roused nearby hotel guests from their beds and detained Dr. Thomas Butler until Friday morning, when he was released without charges, a senior law enforcement official said. Tests on the canister found nothing dangerous, said the senior law enforcement official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to release the information. Homeland Security spokesman Nicholas Kimball said the item resembled a pipe bomb

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