Birmingham flights resume after threat investigation - New York News

Birmingham flights resume after threat investigation

Posted: Updated:
Outside the Birmingham airport terminal, which was evacuated Sunday afternoon due to an unknown threat. (Courtesy: Tony Byram/WBRC) Outside the Birmingham airport terminal, which was evacuated Sunday afternoon due to an unknown threat. (Courtesy: Tony Byram/WBRC)
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -

Airport officials at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport say they evacuated the terminal for a little over two hours Sunday afternoon after a threatening note was found in one of the bathrooms.

FOX 6 Birmingham reported that the note stated there was an explosive device in the airport, but nothing were found by law enforcement after a full sweep.

The FAA stopped flights heading to the airport from taking off at their departing airports. Over a dozen flight en route were diverted to airports in Huntsville, Montgomery, Little Rock and Atlanta.

An intercom message asked passengers to"make haste" to the nearest exit shortly after 4 p.m. CST. Witnesses say they were pushed far back from the terminal entrance and were not allowed to get to their vehicles in parking garage.

Many of those evacuated took to social media sites to share pictures of the hundreds of people streaming out of the terminal following the evacuation order, and gave first-hand accounts of the incident.

Licensed pilot and FOX 6 chief meteorologist J.P. Dice was at the airport at the time of the incident. He reported that pilots were being told to move their planes away from the terminal.

A source with the FBI says they assisted the Joint Terrorism Task Force that includes the Birmingham Police Department in investigating the threat.  The airport was cleared for employees just after 6 p.m. CST, with passengers being allowed back into the terminal about a half-hour later.

The Birmingham evacuation happened just two days after a gunman opened fire at Los Angeles International Airport. Authorities say he shot and killed a TSA officer and wounded three other people.

The Associated Press and FOX 6 Birmingham contributed to this report

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man struck and killed by NYC subway train

    Man struck and killed by NYC subway train

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:19:38 GMT
    A man in his 60s was killed by an oncoming train in midtown Manhattan after jumping on the tracks to grab his personal belongings that fell.
    A man in his 60s was killed by an oncoming train in midtown Manhattan after jumping on the tracks to grab his personal belongings that fell.
  • Woman in custody in NYC stroller snatch attempt

    Woman in custody in NYC stroller snatch attempt

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:55:51 GMT
    Police say an 8-month-old baby was nearly snatched by a stranger while being pushed down a Manhattan street in his stroller, but a bystander intervened to foil the abduction attempt.
    Police say an 8-month-old baby was nearly snatched by a stranger while being pushed down a Manhattan street in his stroller, but a bystander intervened to foil the abduction attempt.
  • Family of teen shot and killed by police sues NYC

    Family of teen shot and killed by police sues NYC

    The family of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy whose fatal shooting by police last year sparked days of protests has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against New York City.
    The family of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy whose fatal shooting by police last year sparked days of protests has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against New York City.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices