Panic at Atlanta airport after gun accidentally fired -Breaking
© Reuters. In this still taken from a Social Media video, many people meet to take off Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia. Twitter/mohiterajas/via REUTERS
(Reuters) – An accidently fired gun at Atlanta airport caused panic among terrified passengers. Fortunately, no injuries were sustained but it halted flights for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Officials gave the all-clear two hours after the explosion in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport security screening, and flights were resumed.
Erika Zeidler, traveler and photographer, stated that more people ran – it was like screaming. She took photographs of the scene, which she sent to CNN. They showed dozens of people hurrying onto the road, many with suitcases.
The crowd ran out of the terminal, fearful that an active shooter would open fire.
According to Official Airline Guide (OAG), Hartsfield-Jackson was world’s busiest airport by 2021.
According to the Transportation Security Administration, Atlanta’s airport would be especially busy in the Thanksgiving period. Prepandemic-sized crowds were expected at security checkpoints Friday, November 19 through Sunday Nov 28.
The explosion was not immediately explained. Airport tweeted short description of incident and aftermath.
Twitter: “A weapon accidentally discharged in ATL’s Security Screening Area at 1:30 PM today”
The airport posted the following tweet at 3:24 pm.
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