Flights briefly halted after accidental gun discharge at Atlanta airport, no injuries reported

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  • An accidental gun discharge at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport security screening area on Saturday afternoon halted all departure flights for the time being.
  • A spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department told NBC News that no casualties were reported.

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An accidental gun discharge at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport security screening area on Saturday afternoon halted all departure flights for the time being.

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The airport said on Twitter that there was no active shooter or any threat to passengers or staff. A spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department told NBC News No one was reported to be injured.

“Authorities have given full clearance for #ATLAirport and normal operations are resuming,” airport officials tweeted. Details about the incident have not been made available.

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Various news outlets reported that witnesses said panic spread In the airport’s domestic terminal. NBC Affiliates WXIA Atlanta passengers reported waiting around the tarmac and terminals to get off the plane.

The incident happened just as the busy holiday travel season is expected to be. The Transportation Security Administration said it expects to screen about 20 million people between November 19 and November 28, down from 2019 levels.

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