There was panic at Orlando International Airport yesterday when a loud noise was heard which startled people, many mistakenly thinking it had been a gunshot. Officials evacuated the terminal while the noise was investigated a number of flights were held up. The noise was found to be a lithium battery inside a camera that had overheated and exploded. Once the area was deemed safe officials allowed passengers back into the terminal although there were delays as passengers had to be re-screened by security.
Here’s the official statement from Orlando International Airport
“Shortly after 5 p.m. a loud noise was reported inside the main terminal building at Orlando International Airport in front of the security checkpoint to gates 1-59. In an abundance of caution, passengers inside the terminal were instructed to exit the building while Orlando Police and Orlando International Airport staff investigated. There was NO active shooter and NO shots were fired. After an investigation it was determined that a lithium battery inside a camera overheated and exploded. As a result of the incident, a ground stop was issued and a number of flights were held while passengers were allowed back into the building and security checkpoints reactivated. Additional information will be released as warranted.”