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Authorities investigating UPS cargo flights; planes isolated in Louisville

PHILADELPHIA (AP/WAVE) - A suspicious package in the United Kingdom has prompted searches of cargo planes and a truck in the U.S.

During a basic security screening process in the United Kingdom, officials found a suspicious item on a cargo plane, according to a U.S. government official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation.

U.K. officials discovered that a toner cartridge on the plane had been manipulated and found wires attached to it and white powder. Tests on the device came back negative for explosives, according to a law enforcement official who also spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the investigation.

Concerns about the possibility of similar and potentially dangerous devices shipped elsewhere prompted officials to check other cargo planes headed to the U.S.

In Louisville, UPS spokeswoman Jackie Blair says the TSA notified them of possible problems and they have been monitoring reports of potentially suspicious items on board the planes. So far, all planes have been moved to remote locations, and are being checked for any irregularities.

"Out of an abundance of caution the planes were moved to a remote location where they are being met by law enforcement officials and swept," Blair said.

Blair was unable to tell us if these planes were told to land or if they were scheduled arrivals. She says there has been no impact on daily operations.

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