Birmingham, Alabama, airport reopens after threat proves false

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 03, 2013 7:02 PM

(Reuters) - The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama was evacuated for over two hours on Sunday while police investigated a bomb threat that turned out to be a false alarm, police said.

"It ended up being nothing," said Birmingham Police Sergeant Johnny Williams.

The terminal was evacuated at about 4 p.m. CST (5 p.m. EST), after an employee found a note in a bathroom saying that a bomb had been placed in the terminal, Williams said.

Police searched the building with bomb-sniffing dogs and conducted a sweep of the entire facility but found no threat, he said.

The airport was in the process of reopening while police were still examining the note, Williams said.

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Several arriving flights were diverted to an airport in Huntsville, Alabama, while more than a dozen outbound flights were delayed, the airport's website showed.

The incident comes two days after a gunman killed a Transportation Security Administration agent and wounded several other people at Los Angeles International Airport.