The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne in bomb scare incident

Singer is stopped by security after carrying a fake grenade in his hand luggage

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Photo: David Ellis/NME
The Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has revealed that he found himself at the centre of a bomb scare earlier this month.

The singer was stopped at Will Rogers airport in Oklahoma City on November 10, after a dead grenade in his hand luggage set off alarms at a TSA checkpoint, reports TMZ.

Wayne was on his way to Los Angeles to catch a preview of the new Flaming Lips musical Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, and told police that the grenade was given to him at a party as a joke.

Coyne was released once the TSA found that the grenade was harmless. Several flights were delayed as a result.

The singer later tweeted after the incident:

Coyne recently revealed that their new the album was inspired by band member Steven Drozd when he was in the middle of a serious drug addiction, from which he has now recovered. Coyne added: "It was probably the worst time of his life. I knew he was really, really struggling. He was in a bad way."

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