The confusion was similar to a false alarm that led to a panicked evacuation two weeks ago at Kennedy Airport in NY, when a boisterous celebration of the Olympics may have been misinterpreted as gunfire, according to authorities. "There are false alarms".
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An immediate investigation, including a review of closed-circuit television footage, revealed that no shots were fired, LAWA said, adding an investigation by airport police into what caused the incident continues.
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The incident was similar to one that occurred two weeks earlier in NY, when unconfirmed reports of gunfire at Kennedy International Airport led the police to evacuate two terminals there, causing hysteria among passengers whose fears were exacerbated by unconfirmed reports spread on social media.
Latest tweets say police officers saying they can not find any significant incident.
"Report of shooting at LAX proven to be LOUD NOISES only". Remain calm. Thank you for your cooperation. The reports were spurred by loud noises only, and police were still investigating to find the source of them, Neiman said. Yes, you read that right: that's LAX, not JFK, but otherwise the details of the melee are strangely similar to what transpired at the NY hub two weeks ago. But in another freakish addition to the brouhaha, L.A.'s airport police confirmed that a man dressed in a Zorro costume and carrying a plastic sword was briefly detained (which perhaps is an "only in L.A." detail that sets the two incidents apart). Someone yelled that he had a sword, which turned out to be plastic.
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The costumed man could be heard on the video of the incident saying he was there to pick someone up. By the time the lockdown was over, there had been 281 flight delays, 27 flight diversions, two flight cancellations, and at least one injury. Police and airport personnel hustled Stavert and others from the scene and told them to drop to the floor when they were deeper into the airport.
Roads into the airport were only slowly starting to be reopened, and flights were only slowly resuming again, with massive backup expected for both, officials said.
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