Update: Coyne told Pitchfork that he picked up a “non-explodable” grenade at a party and took it with him as a souvenir. Airport security “believed it was just a dumb accident,” though Coyne admitted that the bomb squad came out, adding “the merry-go-round had to go its whole way around before you could get off.”
In the News That Would Be Shocking If This Happened To Anyone Else Except for Wayne Coyne, the waaaacky Flaming Lips lead singer allegedly had a fucking grenade with him last week while at the Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City, OK.
Coyne was on his way to La Jolla, CA to watch a preview of the musical adaptation of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, and actually tweeted about the incident after it happend 10 days ago, saying “Sorry Sorry Sorry!! Everyone that was inconvenienced because of my grenade at OKC airport!!” but you know the old story about the boy who cried “grenade at OKC airport!!”
Anyhow, as the Oklahoma City blog The Lost Ogle reports (via Stereogum), Coyne may have actually brought a grenade — or something that resembled a grenade — with him, which shut down a section of the airport on November 10th causing some passengers to miss their flights. An account from a passenger states that the security checkpoint was “quarantined off by TSA agents on both sides” while several other agents inspected Coyne’s bag. You can take a look at some cell phone photos at the time here.
No word on what the flagrant object was in question, though it’s safe to assume that if it was an actual grenade, it was probably at worst a confetti grenade.