Flights departing from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport have been grounded after an “accidental discharge” of a weapon, according to a statement from airport officials.
A tweet from the airport’s official account read: “No active shooter.” “There was an accidental exit at the airport.”
“There is no danger to passengers or staff. The investigation is underway, and more information will be published on this channel.”
A follow-up tweet reads: “At approximately 1.30pm today, a weapon was fired accidentally in the ATL security screening area. No active shooter at the airport.”
Atlanta police at the scene. Injuries have been reported.
“Accidental firing of a firearm occurred near the main security checkpoint,” Atlanta Police Sgt. Yarios Dougherty said. “Officers are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
A previous tweet from the ATLUncensored account includes a video showing a chaotic scene with people on the ground, security barriers upside down, and staff trying to guide passengers.
A voice could be heard shouting for people to “get down” and some passengers could be seen scrambling on the ground.
In a panic, a New York-bound flight awaiting departure closed its doors in the event of an active shooter, according to a tweet from a passenger.
Writer Diane Callahan also posted a photo of passengers standing on the tarmac. She later tweeted that the plane had been disembarked for security to re-examine it.
Ms. Callahan praised Delta Air Lines for its handling of the situation.
There are no further details about the type of weapon nor the conditions in which it was fired.
At about 3.30pm, officials gave full clearance to resume normal operations.
As the busy travel season kicks off with Thanksgiving Thursday, the Transportation Security Administration reported that 2.2 million people were screened at checkpoints Friday — the most in a single day since the pandemic began.