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No shooting at Los Angeles airport, only loud noises, say police; to reopen in half an hour

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Sunday night after police reported of an active shooter in a terminal.

FP Staff August 29, 2016 11:05:39 IST
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No shooting at Los Angeles airport, only loud noises, say police; to reopen in half an hour

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Aug 29, 2016 - 11:00 (IST)

False alarm at LAX

Authorities report that shots fired at the LAX was a false alarm. They suggest that there were merely loud noises which led to the chaos. 


"Report of shooting at LAX proven to be LOUD NOISES only. No shots fired; no injuries. Investigation continues to locate source,"Andy Neiman, Commanding Officer of LAPD Media Relations said in a tweet.


Police searched the airport following unconfirmed reports of a shooting at the facility. "All precautions being taken to ensure safety of public. Remain calm. Thank you for your cooperation," tweeted Los Angeles Airport Police Department.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued a ground stop at the airport due to a security situation, according to the regulatory body's website. The ground stop lasted only 20 minutes and was lifted 1:00 a.m. EDT

Aug 29, 2016 - 10:54 (IST)

Traffic comes to a stand-still

According to a report by KTLA, the traffic near the airport is snarled. The central terminal has been shut down and a ground stop has been initiated for Los Angeles International airport. The Los Angeles Fire Department has responded to the unfolding events and have tweeted that "no significant incident" has been noted.

Aug 29, 2016 - 10:46 (IST)

Los Angles airport closed

Due to possible gunfire, the police have shut down part of the airport. Reports suggest that hundreds of people have been evacuated from the airport. 

Aug 29, 2016 - 10:44 (IST)

Police say no shooting at the airport

Los Angeles Police confirm loud noises at the airport, but the gunfire remains unconfirmed.

Aug 29, 2016 - 10:32 (IST)

People evacuated from airport

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said the reports of the shooter had come from two callers, but there was no confirmation of what was exactly happening, CBS News reported. Hundreds of people were evacuated from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Sunday night. 

Aug 29, 2016 - 10:29 (IST)

Police launches search at LA airtport

Police say search underway at LA airport; social media posts show people fleeing terminal.

Aug 29, 2016 - 10:27 (IST)

Part of Los Angeles airport closed due to possible gunfire 

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Sunday night after police reported of an active shooter in a terminal.

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) said the reports of the shooter had come from two callers, but there was no confirmation of what was exactly happening, CBS News reported. Airport police say they are searching terminals on Sunday night, but there is no confirmation of any shootings or injuries.

The Los Angeles Airport Police also could not confirm the reports of a shooter, saying there was no evidence to confirm the claims, but an investigation was underway. According to a report by Times Now, one person has been detained by the police. The report remains unconfirmed.

According to a report by Associated Press, scores of people could be seen on social media and on TV news running from the terminal out on to the sidewalks and streets. Many other evacuees are standing on the airport tarmac.

Airport police say traffic to the terminal area has been closed. Several passengers have been moved out of the airport.

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