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3 Things Going On Today In Florida: Battery Explosion Holds Flights

Camera Battery Explosion At Florida Airport Holds Up Flights

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a camera battery overheated and exploded at the Orlando International Airport, prompting flights to be held.

Orlando police announced on Twitter that no shots were fired and no one was injured Friday evening after travelers heard a loud sound and fled the airport. Passengers have been allowed to re-enter, and checkpoints have reopened.

Police say the lithium-ion battery had been inside a camera and packed in bag, which was smoldering when investigators arrived.

It wasn’t clear where exactly in the airport the explosion occurred or how many flights were affected.

Man Gets Life For Shooting Deputy During Traffic Stop

VERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man with a long criminal history has been sentenced to life in prison for shooting and wounding a deputy during a traffic stop.

Treasure Coast Newspapers reports that 54-year-old Andrew Coffee was sentenced Thursday. He was convicted earlier this month of attempted first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer.

Authorities say the Indian River County deputy pulled over Coffee in December 2015 because his scooter didn’t have a tag. Coffee punched the deputy and then began firing a revolver at him. The deputy returned fire, hitting Coffee in the leg. Coffee limped away but was a caught a short time later.

Small Plane Crash Forces Airport To Close For 2 Hours

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A small plane crash caused a Florida airport to shut down for nearly two hours.

The Panama City News Herald reports that a Cessna 185 flipped over after landing Friday morning at Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport. The pilot was not injured.

Airport officials say a crane was used to clear the plane from the runway.

A Delta flight from Atlanta had to be diverted to Tallahassee for a landing.