Watch: The Connection Some Are Drawing Between Usain Bolt and the False Gunfire Report at JFK

Watch: The Connection Some Are Drawing Between Usain Bolt and the False Gunfire Report at JFK

One passenger caught the terrifying incident on camera.

Published August 15th

All JFK terminals have resumed normal action after a report of gunfire halted operations for several hours on Sunday night. 

Around 9:30 pm on Sunday evening, reports of gunfire led the grounding of several Terminal 8 planes and passenger evacuation. After officials received the report, armed officers ran through the terminal with their weapons drawn. They instructed all passengers to “get down,” while they investigated the area.

The initial report came from a woman who had just deplaned. As she entered the terminal, she believed that she heard gunfire and alerted officials. The first report occurred at Terminal 8 and nearly two hours later, a second report occurred at Terminal 1.

After a special operations team conducted a thorough search of both terminals, police declared both terminals were clear. 

Now, many believe that loud cheering from the Olympics broadcast was the noise that was confused for gunfire. Cheering during Usain Bolt’s win in the 100m final occurred around the time of the first report.

Although the reports turned out to be false, many of passengers were terrified when armed officials sprinted through the terminal. Demetrius Pipkin, a passenger in Terminal 1, described the area as a "madhouse" with people running all over but nowhere to go.

No injuries have been reported as a result of the chaos. Passenger-recorded video from the incident can be seen below. 

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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