A Florida airport was partially evacuated early Saturday after a bomb threat, police said.
People were asked to leave one terminal in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and a second was partially evacuated “as a precaution,” authorities said.
“A security investigation is impacting traffic along the upper-level roadway of #FLL near Terminal 2, and an area of this terminal has been evacuated as a precaution,” the official Twitter account for the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport posted around 9:35 a.m. “If you’re heading to the airport, we ask for your patience as we work to resolve this matter.”
A local deputy said the lockdown was in response to a bomb threat, Parker Branton, a reporter at ABC affiliate WPLG tweeted.
“Bomb squad inside checking to see if threat is credible… this will take a while,” he posted, quoting the deputy.
The Broward County Sheriff’s office later confirmed the threat on Twitter.
“At around 8:49 a.m., BSO deputies were notified of a bomb threat @FLLFlyer,” the post said, referring to the airport’s account. “As a precaution, deputies have excavated Terminals 2 & 3 and have also shutdown entry into the airport. BSO’s bomb squad is investigating. Persons headed to the airport are asked to avoid the area.”
Social media posts showed confusion reigning in other parts of the airport, and that passengers on planes recently landed were not being allowed to get off.
Terminal 2 serves Delta Airlines, according to BocaNewsNow.
Police had roads around the airport blocked as well, causing significant traffic delays, social media users said.