Bomb Threats Force Evacuation Near Capitol Building; Electrical Explosion at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

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    The portion of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport that was closed earlier in the morning has reopened to passengers. The area was briefly evacuated because of an explosion in a maintenance area.

    Airport spokesman Reese McCrainie told the AJC that the small electrical explosion happened at about 8:40 a.m. in a ramp level maintenance shop near Gate D-21.

    There were no injuries reported, and there was no fire, according to McCranie. He said there was “minor” property damage.

    ORIGINAL STORY BELOW

    Three separate incidents – an explosion at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and two different threats near the Georgia Capitol – have forced evacuations around Atlanta.

    Law enforcement officials are investigating bomb threats at the Judicial Building and Health Building, both located within a block of the state Capitol. The Judicial Building is located at 40 Capitol Square, across the street from the Capitol, and is home to the attorney general and state Supreme Court. The health building, located at 47 Trinity Ave., houses the Department of Education, the Georgia Building Authority, Georgia Technology Authority and several transportation agencies.

    Common Cause Georgia had scheduled a 10 a.m. press conference at City Hall.

    Authorities have also evacuated the Coverdell Legislative Office Building at 18 Capitol Square. That building houses offices of most state lawmakers and staff as well as several media outlets, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Witnesses nearby said sirens could still be heard at 9:30 a.m. and that a large police presence was visible in the area near Atlanta City Hall.

    In a matter that authorities have not said is related, a portion of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport has been evacuated because of an explosion in a maintenance shed. That explosion was reported by an Atlanta fire spokeswoman to the AJC. The explosion happened around 9 a.m. in a maintenance shed at Concourse D, according to Atlanta fire spokeswoman Janet Ward.

    Ward said there was no fire or smoke, but power is out to Concourse D and the concourse has been evacuated.

    This is a breaking news story. For updates on the latest developments check back with the Atlanta Daily World.

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