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The 50-year-old man was arrested on Saturday after he allegedly pulled out a knife and placed a metal object on an airport table, claiming it was a bomb, after an argument with a woman.

Nearby trains have also been stopped, according to police.

Brisbane Airport's worldwide terminal was shut down when he allegedly threatened a woman with a knife.

"This is to reinforce the message that police do not take a decision to shut an global airport down lightly and to show exactly what our officers were confronted with when they arrived".

A 50-year-old man was charged yesterday after he allegedly threatened a woman with a knife at Brisbane Airport and claimed he had a bomb, resulting in an emergency evacuation of the airport's global terminal.

Police opened fire with bean bag rounds after the man claimed to have a bomb, Police Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming said.

Police said in a statement that there were no injuries to police officers or any members of the public.

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"All a bit dramatic at Brisbane airport earlier".

The device was found to be "inert", but Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart said its complex appearance "indicates just the extraordinary lengths that a person has gone to create a perception of risk, threat and fear".

He has not been publicly named and will appear in a Brisbane court on Monday.

Police have released an image of the device used in a domestic violence-related incident that sparked a mass evacuation of Brisbane Airport's worldwide terminal.

"There is no evidence to suggest the incident at the global airport is terrorism related; it is a domestic violence-related situation", police told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Assistant Police Commissioner Peter Crawford said the man's statements led police to search a number of premises and vehicles for improvised explosive devices.


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