Passengers Evacuate Atlanta Airport During 'Accidental Discharge' Incident

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia confirmed a speculated active shooting was in fact an accidental discharge after the incident caused chaotic scenes on Saturday, November 20.

“At approximately 1:30 pm today a weapon accidentally discharged at ATL’s security screening area,” the airport tweeted. “There is no danger to passengers or employees. An investigation is ongoing.”

Officials were investigating the source of the loud bang as reported by witnesses on the scene, Atlanta city councilman and mayoral candidate Andre Dickens said.

The airport was cleared and resumed normal operations at 12:24 pm, according to an official tweet.

Footage filmed by Paul Moerman shows crowds of passengers around the airport’s tarmac. Credit: Paul Moerman via Storyful

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