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New York's JFK Airport Evacuated After False Reports of Gunshots Fired

Impacting Travel | Tim Wood | August 14, 2016

New York's JFK Airport Evacuated After False Reports of Gunshots Fired

PHOTO: Passengers wait outside New York's JFK airport after a late-night evacuation Sunday. (courtesy Robbie Rob/Twitter)

A crazy night at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport appears to be a lot of panic and chaos as the result of overly sensitive ears.

Port Authority police said they received reports of gun shots fired in the departures area at the airports’ Terminal 8 at approximately 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Police officials also closed Terminal 1 as the reports of shots fired kept coming in. A roadway heading into the airport was also shut down for a short time.

Early results of the investigation concluded that no shots appeared to have been fired.

What the heck happened then? Panic broke out both inside the terminals and outside the airport as police quickly reacted to what many eyewitnesses said sounded like gunshots.

There are no reports of arrests and a continued search for where the panic began. Minor injuries are being reported, more due to the mob scene that occurred in the scramble to get out of JFK.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a full ground stop for close to two hours, ending at 11:30 p.m. EST. Even late Sunday night, that still meant a full deck of headaches at one of the world’s busiest international airports. Flights slowly started to once again move in and out of the airport shortly before midnight.

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