Update (03/16 10:35pm) — NBC News affiliate KGW is reporting that the U.S. State Department says the missiles were being used for training by the Lebanese Army, and did not contain any explosives. Original reports from the Serbian media identified the point of entry as Portland, Oregon. According to the State Department, that port of entry was in fact Portland, Maine.
The State Department says the Lebanese Armed Forces were returning the inert training models to the manufacturer in the U.S. after completing their training.
Belgrade, Serbia – A Portland-bound cargo package originating in Lebanon reportedly contained two missiles.
According to Portland NBC affiliate KGW, the Lebanese Army says the two Lockheed Martin missiles were discovered on board a passenger flight from Lebanon to Serbia, and they did not contain any explosives. The army also said the missiles were being sent back to the American company that produces them.
KGW reports that Lockheed Martin officials say the Portland office deals with energy, not weapons.
“We are aware of the report and are seeking additional info,” a State Department spokesman told KGW.
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