Police find no evidence of gunfire after reports of shots fired at JFK Airport

August 16, 2016 in News

Photo from Dan Archer @archcomix, Twitter

Photo from Dan Archer
@archcomix, Twitter

NEW YORK (AP) — Two terminals at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport are resuming normal operations Monday morning after reports of shots fired prompted evacuations, and grounded and diverted flights.

The reports, which led to some frightening moments for fliers Sunday night, were later determined to be unfounded and the airport was given the all-clear.

Port Authority police said they had not found any firearms, rounds of ammunition, shell casings or other evidence of gunfire.

Police evacuated Terminal 8 as a precaution after receiving reports of shots fired near the departures area around 9:30 p.m.

The New York Police Department was called in to assist.

None one was injured.

Police also closed Terminal 1 after they say they received additional reports of shots fired in that terminal. An expressway approaching the airport also was shut down.

It was not immediately clear what led to the airport scare.

According to the flight tracking company, FlightAware, all inbound flights were being held at their origin until 11:30 p.m. due to security.

Several airline passengers also tweeted that their flights were being diverted from the airport; one passenger said his flight was being sent to Buffalo, WPIX-TV reported.