Airport Explosion Prompts Evacuation: What Caused Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Blast?

By Staff Reporter on June 11, 2013 3:16 PM EDT

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An airport explosion at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport caused evacuations Tuesday morning. (Photo: Creative Commons)

An airport explosion occurred Tuesday morning at approximately 8:40 a.m. in Atlanta. An evacuation cleared the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's Concourse D.  

At approximately 11 a.m. EST the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport eventually tweeted, "Full power has been restored and all operations have resumed."

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According to statements from Atlanta Fire Rescue spokesperson Janet Ward, the incident did not cause smoke or fire. What's more, there are no injuries reported from the explosion. However, the explosion did shut down power to a part of the airport.

The explosion initially caused fear during the evacuation as a separate incident on Tuesday involved a bomb threat near the Georgia State Capitol in downtown Atlanta. Department of Public Safety spokesperson Tracey Watson explained that the threat caused an evacuation of the Supreme Court of Georgia as well as another adjacent building. The buildings have since been declared safe.

Eventually, the incident was identified as a small electrical explosion at a ramp level maintenance shop near Gate D21 of Concourse D. Airport officials reported some damage from the blast.

Flight-tracking website FlightAware have not reported any arrival or departure delays at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at late morning.

Southwest Airlines has reported limited flight delays while Delta Air Lines reports no cancellations and no significant delays. 

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