Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne brings grenade to Oklahoma City airport; fine expected

The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne caused a shutdown of Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City when an inert hand grenade was found in his baggage at the security checkpoint.
BY SANDI DAVIS AND HEATHER WARLICK Modified: November 20, 2012 at 10:08 pm •  Published: November 21, 2012

Donovan said the whole event went by the book.

Coyne's mistake is not expected to result in any criminal charges, but he most likely will be subject to a fine, Donovan said.

“Pending completion of our investigation, there could be substantial fines for Coyne,” Donovan said.

Events like this are more common than the public knows.

“We don't make a big deal out of this stuff,” Donovan explained. “However, when it's a celebrity, it gets reported everywhere.”

Donovan is glad to use the incident to remind people to be careful what they bring to the airport. With holiday travel picking up now, travelers should check all their bags for contraband items.

“In Oklahoma City, people bring firearms. They forget they've got them in their bags and check them and that does cause a real problem,” he said. “Please, check and make sure guns are left at home.”

According to the police report, Coyne said he should have known better. He was released after the incident.

The Flaming Lips are a Grammy-Award winning band from Oklahoma City; the Lips' song “Do You Realize??” is the official rock song of Oklahoma.

Contributing: LEIGHANNE MANWARREN, Staff Writer

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