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Atlanta airport: ‘accidental’ weapon discharge scares travelers away, but no active shooter, officials say


An “accidental discharge” of a firearm at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport caused chaos among travelers on Saturday.

Officials said there was no active shooter, after numerous social media posts indicated that passengers were evacuating parts of the busiest airport in the United States.

“There was an accidental dump at the airport,” the airport said from its official Twitter account. “There is no danger to passengers or employees. An investigation is underway, more information will be posted on this channel.”

Atlanta Police Sgt. Jarius Daugherty told Fox News the accidental discharge may have occurred near the main security checkpoint and no injuries were reported.

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“Officers are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident,” Daugherty said.

Video posted to Twitter by user @JamariJones_ATL shows people dodging and crawling on the ground.

Another user, @kevinhelgren, said he was “heading to Atlanta airport security when people told me to stop walking.”

“It was quiet for 5 minutes, then everyone started running and screaming. I took the train one stop north. I did not receive any information,” he wrote .

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A third user, @ DianneCallaha16, said she heard screams and sirens as people boarded a flight to New York.

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FlightAware did not show any noticeable delays at Hartsfield-Jackson after the incident.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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