Heroic security worker grabs smoking backpack before it EXPLODES in major airport

- Authorities at Orlando International Airport say operations are getting back to normal after brief delays were caused by an evacuation due to a smoking bag.

Airport spokesman Rod Johnson told the Sentinel that the noise was reported shortly after 5 p.m.in front of the security checkpoint for Gates 1 to 59.

"I approached it, I radioed and then I picked up the bag and brought it over to that handicap sign over there in hopes that if it would go off, it would be able to have some of the shock absorbed by those two pillars".

"I was already close, so if there was an IED, I was already gone".

Mr Perez - who works for the Transport Security Administration at the airport - said he joined the organisation after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Crowds disperse after a lithium battery exploded at Orlando International Airport, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017.

Thousands of travelers had to wait hours for their flights to depart and the airport canceled 24 flights Friday because of the incident. "And so I did what I had to do". As a result of the incident, a ground stop was issued and a number of flights were held.

The loud event also led to panic throughout the airport, with some believing the noise generated by the battery - along with the sound of the stanchions falling in the wake of the scared passegners - were from gunfire.

Orlando police posted on Twitter that there was no shooting.

The passenger was surprised when he saw smoke from a lithium battery that had overheated and exploded coming out of his bag.

Brown said it was "an abundance of precaution" that he supported.

Lithium batteries have been known to explode before, and as of June, it was reported that there had been at least 17 lithium-ion related incidents on planes this year.