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TSA find throwing knives, fire starters, flare and more at Boston airport

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Security screening at Boston Logan International Airport has started its year off with the finding of an interesting medley of prohibited items.

“Heck of a catch! Recently @TSA officers @BostonLogan detected a flare, three throwing knives, a torch lighter, two magnesium fire starters, and a paracord tactical knife bracelet all in one passenger’s carry-on bag,” tweeted Dan Velez, the spokesman for the Transportation Security Administration’s New England operations. “#travelfail.”

The agency had ended 2022 with a scary find: a loaded Hi-Standard, Model B .22 caliber pistol carried by Lorenzo Beechman, 36, of Hyde Park, who has a number of violent crimes on his record. The gun was found and he was arrested on Dec. 28.

Also last month, the TSA raised its maximum fine for a gun found in carry-on bags — where they are prohibited — to $14,950, up from $13,910 after finding a record number 6,301 firearms in carry-ons. They say that about 88% of the guns were loaded.

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