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Southwest Airlines Plane Blows Two Tires During Takeoff

Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesUPDATE: Only hours after the aborted takeoff, a different Southwest plane -- this one heading to Ontario, Calif., hit a bird while taking off.  The plane turned around and landed back at the Sacramento Airport.  Flight 1166 was canceled and the passengers were booked on other flights.

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- A Southwest Airlines jet with 132 passengers on board was grounded Tuesday evening after two tires blew out upon takeoff from Sacramento airport. No one was injured.

Southwest Flight 2287 was bound for Seattle when its left main tires blew as the Boeing 737 jet raced down the runway for takeoff.

The five-member crew immediately aborted the takeoff, and frightened passengers knew something was wrong.

“I’ve been on a lot of planes…you don’t expect that to happen,” one passenger told ABC News.  “The plane was literally shaking back and forth.”

Initial reports were that the tires caught fire, but both the airline and airport officials say that did not happen.

Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Katie McDonald told local ABC News affiliate News10 that emergency crews were called in to hose down the plane, but just as a precautionary measure.

“There was no fire, there were no injuries,” Sacramento International Airport spokeswoman Laurie Slothower also confirmed to News10.

The 132 passengers on board were evacuated using a portable stairway, not an emergency slide.

“The passengers were safely evacuated from the plane using the stairs as they would on a routine flight,” Slothower said.

Southwest said the passengers were able to board a later flight to Seattle that landed safely around 10 p.m. Tuesday night.

Officials are continuing to investigate the incident and have yet to determine a cause for the blowout.

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Suspicious Device at Calif. Mall Was School Project, Not Explosive

File Photo. Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) – A suspicious device found at a mall in Sacramento has turned out to be a school project, according to the Sacramento Bee.

A bomb squad was called to Arden Fair Mall Monday after a store employee saw the device inside of a truck parked outside.

The owner of the device, which was described as having wires and hoses attached to boxes and bottles, turned out to be a mall store employee who said the object was a school project, not an explosive.

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Police Identify Man Held in Mall Standoff, Arson

Police are now holding the man suspected of setting Westfield Galleria on fire in Sacramento, Calif. Photo Courtesy - News10, Sacramento

(ROSEVILLE, Calif.) – UPDATED:  The man being held in a standoff and fire at the Westfield Galleria in Roseville Thursday has been identified as Alexander Piggee.

According to Roseville Police Lt. Michael Doane, detectives believe Piggee started a fire inside the GameStop store on the second floor of the mall and barricaded himself inside before being taken into custody.

The fire, which has burned for hours, has knocked down a roof and continues to billow smoke.

Initially, firefighters were unable to battle the blaze from inside because of a suspicious backpack and device that Piggee left behind.

Piggee is also a suspect in connection with an arson at a Walmart store Wednesday, according to Sacramento Metro Fire Captain Christian Pebbles.

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(ROSEVILLE, Calif.) -- A mall in Roseville, California – outside of Sacramento – continues to billow flames and smoke following a standoff there.

Police say that earlier on Thursday, a man started a fire inside a GameStop video game store
at the Westfield Galleria and barricaded himself outside the store before police took him into custody, according to ABC affiliate KXTV.

Firefighters have been unable to enter the building because of concerns over a backpack the man left behind.  The building has been evacuated.

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