The Atlanta Daily World earlier reported that three bomb threats, one at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and another two near the Georgia Capitol building, had resulted in separate evacuations. We were later informed that the evacuation at the airport was due to an electrical explosion, not a bomb threat.
Two separate bomb threats were reported downtown near the Capitol building by multiple sources. State law enforcement officials have since said that the area is clear.
An area of the airport was closed earlier in the morning and has since reopened to passengers. The area was briefly evacuated because of an explosion in a maintenance area.
Airport spokesman Reese McCrainie told the Daily World that the small electrical explosion happened at about 8:40 a.m. in a ramp level maintenance shop near Gate D-21.
Below is the full statement sent to the Daily World about the explosion:
Three separate incidents – an explosion at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and two different threats near the Georgia Capitol – have forced evacuations around Atlanta.
At approximately 8:40 a.m. today, there was a small electrical explosion near Gate D 21 at a ramp level maintenance shop at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The cause of this explosion is currently under investigation. There were no reported injuries, and there was no fire.
There has been minor property damage. Passengers on the northside of Concourse D were evacuated to Concourse E. Arriving aircraft have been reassigned to other available gates.
The Atlanta Fire Department has given the all-clear. At this time, passengers are returning to Concourse D. There is still partial power outage in certain areas of Concourse D. Travelers should check with their airlines for any changing gate assignments.