There were reports of gunfire 9:30 Sunday night at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). The Police confirmed that there were actually no shots fired last night. People evacuated Terminals 1 and 8 as police swept the terminals floor-to-floor and cleared the area. According to police, there is no evidence of a shooting from the surveillance video either.

Videos from the airport last night showed people running out of the airport. Airport workers directed the evacuation process. Although most people probably did not know what was going on at the time. There was panic but according to officials, there were no injuries.

The New York/New Jersey Port Authority released a statement on Twitter at 11 p.m. last night. “Preliminary investigation does not indicate shots were fired at JFK… The terminal was evacuated out of an abundance of caution.” The Port Authority also confirmed the presence of police and a continuing investigation.

The first apparently erroneous report of gunfire came from Terminal 8. A similar report came out of Terminal 1 soon after. Officials declared the terminal clear around midnight. According to the FAA air traffic control website, business has resumed at JFK.

It’s not yet clear where the reports of gunfire originated. It is possible that the witnesses mistook a loud noise for gunfire. It’s also possible that the reports were falsified specifically to start a panic. However, it is still possible that a disturbance did actually occur. Although it is unlikely since there is no evidence.

Either way, It is a very tense time for international air travel. This year alone has had many high profile incidents. There was the bombing of an airport in Brussels in March. And the bombing and shooting of an Istanbul airport in June. Also in June there was a bomb scare at an airport in France. Naturally, airport security, the Port Authority and travels are cautious, if not a little on edge.

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