A bomb scare at Orlando Airport caused widespread panic and evacuation on Friday when a camera battery exploded in a bag. The explosion happened shortly after 5 p.m. causing passengers to be ordered off planes and people waiting at their gates alike to go through TSA checkpoint screening again. The evacuation and re-screening process caused massive delays at the airport.
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One passenger named Mike Robinson said he was preparing to board his flight to Dallas when he was startled by a loud boom. Robinson described the event saying, "It was pandemonium." He also described seeing people running past the security checkpoint to seek cover.
Robinson went on to say, "Now they’re bringing people out of their gates, off-loading them to be screened again. There are thousands and thousands of people. … I look back and I see a sea of people."
The Orlando Police Department says the incident that caused the delays stemmed from a lithium camera battery that overheated. The battery exploded inside the main terminal prompting a flood of social media reports that people were scattering and running for their lives.
Orlando Police issued an announcement on Twitter saying there were no shots fired and there is "no danger to the public", only a "smoldering" camera bag.
One New York resident described his experience during the scare, "We were taxiing. The pilot comes back and says, ‘We gotta go back.' " The passenger who was headed to Westchester, New York condemned the airport's response saying, "I thought it was absurd. Absolutely ridiculous. They don’t know what they’re doing, in my opinion"
Another passenger condemned the airport for their response saying that having thousands of people standing outside checkpoints was a "major safety hazard" and said, "This is horribly dangerous."
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