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JFK Airport terminal evacuated after reports of shots fired; no evidence of gunfire, Port Authority says

Kennedy Airport was partially evacuated on Aug. 14,

Kennedy Airport was partially evacuated on Aug. 14, 2016 after reports of shots fired, the Port Authority said, though police did not find evidence of gunfire. Photo Credit: Getty / AFP / Trevor Collens

There was no indication that shots were fired at two Kennedy Airport terminals Sunday night, police said. 

Terminal 8 and Terminal 1 were evacuated after reports of shots fired at the Queens airport, the Port Authority said, but after searching the terminals, nothing was found.

The NYPD Special Operations tweeted shortly after midnight that both terminals were cleared and searched. 

"Negative results," the tweet said. "All affected terminals will resume operations shortly. No shots were fired."

The Port Authority issued a similar statement, saying there was no indication of shots fired. 

"There are no injuries. At this time, no evidence of gun shells or other evidence of shots fired has been found. The terminal was evacuated out of an abundance of caution," the statement said.

Port Authority spokesman Joseph Pentangelo told Newsday that police got a call about shots fired at Terminal 8 near the departures area at around 9:30 p.m., prompting the evacuation. He added that a second set of shots were reported at Terminal 1 at about 10:15 p.m. and that that terminal had been shut down as a precaution.

The Port Authority Police Department called in the NYPD to assist in the investigation, cops said. Authorities said there was a significant Port Authority Police Department and NYPD presence at both Kennedy and LaGuardia airports.

Several flights were canceled, according to Police activity also closed the Van Wyck Expressway near the airport.

Video and photos posted on social media showed hundreds of people streaming out of Terminal 8, used by Air Berlin, Alaska Airlines, American Eagle, American Airlines, Finnair and other carriers for departures.

Sherwin Bryce-Pease, a correspondent with South African Broadcasting Corp. based in New York, was on a Norwegian Airlines flight from Paris that landed at JFK shortly before 10 p.m.

"They told us nothing from the flight deck. Only that the earliest the gate will be available will be in an hour 15 minutes from when we landed, an announcement greeted by huge sighs on our Norwegian Airlines flight from Paris," he said.


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