An evacuation of JFK’s Terminal 8 was under way after the reports of gunfire in the departures area, CNN reported on its website, quoting a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates the airport.
The evacuation was a precaution, Authority spokesman Joe Pentangelo told CNN, as there were no injuries, arrests or confirmation of shots fired.
Sherwin Bryce-Pease, a correspondent with South African Broadcasting Corp based in New York, was on a Norwegian Airlines flight from Paris that landed at JFK shortly before 10 p.m. EDT.
“They told us nothing from the flight deck. Only that the earliest the gate will be available will be in an hour 15 minutes from when we landed, an announcement greeted by huge sighs on our Norwegian Airlines flight from Paris,” he said.
Video and photos posted on social media showed hundreds of people streaming out of Terminal 8.
Port Authority tweeted ” Preliminary investigation does not indicate shots were fired at JFK airport, no gun shells found at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport after reports of gunfire.”
Port Authority says JFK terminal was evacuated out of “abundance of caution”.