Britain's police arrest man over 'chemical incident' at London City Airport that caused mass evacuation

Police officers securing the entrance to London's City Airport after people were evacuated following a "chemical incident" on Oct 21, 2016.
Police officers securing the entrance to London's City Airport after people were evacuated following a "chemical incident" on Oct 21, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (Reuters) - British police said on Monday (Oct 24) that they had arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with an incident that led to the evacuation of hundreds of passengers from London City Airport on Friday.

"The man ... was arrested on suspicion of using a noxious substance to cause serious damage, an offence under section 113 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001," London's Metropolitan Police said on Monday.

Police said the arrest took place at a residential address in east London on Saturday, and that the man was held at a west London police station and then released on bail pending further enquiries.

London City airport was briefly closed last Friday as police and firefighters in protective equipment swept the terminal building of the airport with chemical detectors after several people were taken ill, some of them coughing violently.

Police later said the incident may have been caused by CS gas, used for self-defence and crowd control.