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JFK Airport reopens, no evidence of gunfire

By Ed Adamczyk
Two terminals of John F. Kennedy International Airport were evacuated as police search for evidence of gunfire. The airport reopened after it was determined no shots were fired. Photo courtesy of New York Police Department Special Operations Division
Two terminals of John F. Kennedy International Airport were evacuated as police search for evidence of gunfire. The airport reopened after it was determined no shots were fired. Photo courtesy of New York Police Department Special Operations Division

NEW YORK, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- No shooting occurred at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport officials said, although unconfirmed reports prompted panic among passengers.

Terminals 1 and 8 of the airport were evacuated late Sunday. The Federal Aviation Administration ordered a full ground stop, which kept planes from departing until 11:30 p.m., and a portion of the Van Wyck Expressway, the highway which serves the airport, was closed to aid in the response.

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The actions were prompted by a report of gunfire from a woman departing a plane, but no evidence of gunfire was found.

Panicked travelers hurried through the terminals and hid behind rows of chairs, believing a gunman was loose. No injuries were reported.

By 12:20 a.m. Monday, Harry Widen, the New York Police Department chief of special operations, announced all terminals had been searched, with no evidence of shots fired, and that the airport would fully open shortly.

An unidentified law enforcement official suggested cheering and clapping by those within a terminal watching the Olympics may have caused an "ear witness" to assume it was gunfire.

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"Preliminary investigation does not indicate shots were fired at JFK," the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement released late Sunday. "There are no injuries. At this time, no gun shells or other evidence of shots fired has been found."

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