False report of gunman at Los Angeles airport causes panic
Aug.29, Los Angeles: Reports of a gunman opening fire that turned out to be false caused panicked evacuations at Los Angeles International Airport on Sunday night, while flights to and from the airport were delayed.
According to Los Angeles police spokesman Andy Neiman, a search through terminals brought no evidence of a gunman or shots fired. The reports were spurred by loud noises only, and police were still investigating to find the source of them, Neiman said.
Airport officials said that a person wearing a Zorro costume was detained during the incident, but it wasn't yet clear whether the person had any connection to the evacuation.
The incident still left a mess in its wake. Terminals were slowly starting to reopen but the passengers who fled will have to be rescreened through security, airport police said.
According to officials, roads into the airport were only slowly starting to be reopened, and flights were only slowly resuming again, with massive backup expected for both.
When the incident began, scores of people could be seen on social media and on TV news running from the terminal out on to the sidewalks and streets as police with rifles out stormed terminals. Many other evacuees were standing on the airport tarmac, and abandoned bags littered some sidewalks.
The Oslo Times International News Network