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Panic erupts at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport after fears of ‘active shooter’


Panic erupts at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport after fears of ‘active shooter’ – airport says it was ‘accidental discharge’ and is investigating

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Panic erupted Saturday at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – considered the busiest in the world – after reports of an ‘active shooter,’ which officials later said was an accidental discharge.

The Atlanta Airport tweeted that it was an accidental discharge and would be providing more information.

‘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, more information will be published on this channel,’ it wrote. 

Atlanta Airport tweeted that it was an accidental discharge and would be providing more information.

Videos posted to social media showed ensuing panic after what was reported to be a shooting earlier.

‘Get down,’ someone is heard forcefully shouting as others are seen scrambling for cover on the ground, in a video posted by Jamari Jones.

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Chaos appeared to ensue at the Atlanta Airport on Saturday

Chaos appeared to ensue at the Atlanta Airport on Saturday

People were on the ground and seen scrambling for cover in a video posted to social media

People were on the ground and seen scrambling for cover in a video posted to social media

At one point in the video, someone screams 'get down'

At one point in the video, someone screams ‘get down’

Someone tweeted they had boarded a plane and then had to ‘close the doors’ due to an ‘alleged active shooter in the terminal.’  

‘Delta is managing this as professional as always. We are hearing sirens but can’t verify anything. Will keep you up tp [sic] date. Pray!’ wrote Dianne Callahan. 

The Atlanta Airport is considered the busiest in the world. 

This is a developing story, please check back for updates. 

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