Los Angeles Airport Reopens after Police Say Report of LAX Shooter Unfounded
Some two weeks after three terminals at John F. Kennedy International Airport were evacuated and the airport was shut down due to erroneous reports of shots fired, the Central Terminal Area at Los Angeles International Airport was shut down for the same reason.
Just like at JFK, “loud noises” were misinterpreted. Authorities at JFK believe banging on tables or other loud noises when Usain Bolt won the gold medal for the third straight time, as his 9:25 p.m. victory accounted for the false report.
“Reports of shooting at LAX proved to be LOUD NOISES only,” said Andy Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department in a tweet. “No shots fired; no injuries. Investigation continues to locate source.”
Earlier, the police department was asking travelers to “remain calm” while the report was investigated. The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop at the airport according to its website but it lasted only 20 minutes and was lifted at 10 p.m. PDT.
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