Panic at JFK after ‘shots fired’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

UN­FOUNDED re­ports of shots fired at the main air­port in New York trig­gered scenes of panic, mas­sive evac­u­a­tions and huge de­lays.

There was no im­me­di­ate con­fir­ma­tion of in­juries or ar­rests, but Port Author­ity po­lice evac­u­ated at least two ter­mi­nals at John F Kennedy In­ter­na­tional Air­port as a pre­cau­tion on Au­gust 14.

Spokesper­son Joe Pen­tan­gelo said Port Author­ity po­lice had re­ceived an ul­ti­mately “un­founded” call of shots fired at the air­port.

A ground stop was in place un­til 12:30am for “se­cu­rity” rea­sons, the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

Around that time, New York Po­lice De­part­ment Spe­cial Op­er­a­tions Di­vi­sion Chief Harry Wedin said on Twit­ter that all ter­mi­nals had been “searched & cleared”.

“All af­fected ter­mi­nals will re­sume op­er­a­tions shortly. No shots were fired,” he added.

The Port Author­ity also said a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion found no shots were fired at JFK and there were no in­juries. –

Photo: AFP

Pas­sen­gers take cover at the im­mi­gra­tion con­trol while po­lice look for a sus­pected ac­tive shooter at JFK In­ter­na­tional air­port in New York on Au­gust 14.

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