False reports of an active shooter sent Atlanta’s Hartfield-Jackson International Airport into a frenzy after a gun accidentally discharged in the facility, airport officials said.
“At approximately 1:30 pm today a weapon accidentally discharged at ATL’s security screening area,” airport officials tweeted at 2:28 p.m. Saturday. “There is NOT an active shooter at the airport. APD is on the scene. More information about the situation will be made available on our social media channels.
Videos posted on Twitter by user @BlackDiveModels showed at least some sections of the airport had been evacuated, with hundreds of people left waiting on the tarmac outside the terminal.
In one video, air travelers can be seen lying next to their luggage on the ground inside the airport as staffers repeatedly urge them to “Get down!” Another clip showed a woman evacuating onto the tarmac as siren blare in the background.
“Something crazy happened and they’re making all of us evacuate on the tarmac,” the woman said. “This is very disturbing. Oh my god. I’m shaking.”
Airport officials tweeted at 1:57 p.m. that no “active shooter” existed, and that nobody at the airport was in danger.
“There is not an active shooter. There was an accidental discharge at the Airport. There is no danger to passengers or employees. An investigation is ongoing,” the tweet said.