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Atlanta airport evacuated after explosion; Bomb threat near Capitol

ATLANTA — A section of Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was evacuated on Tuesday after a small electrical explosion in a maintenance shed caused minor damage but no injuries, airport and fire department officials said.

The explosion around 8:40 a.m. caused a power outage in Concourse D, which was evacuated, but no fire or smoke was reported at the nation's busiest airport, said Atlanta Fire Rescue Department spokeswoman Janet Ward.

Airport officials said the cause of the explosion was being investigated.

Despite the commotion, the flight-tracking website FlightAware reported no arrival or departure delays at the Atlanta airport by late morning.

In a separate incident on Tuesday, authorities reported a bomb threat at a building near the Georgia State Capitol in downtown Atlanta, said Tracey Watson, a spokeswoman for the Department of Public Safety.

Two state buildings including one housing the Supreme Court of Georgia were evacuated due to the threat, and both have since been declared safe with people allowed back in, Watson said.

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kevin 1 year, 5 months ago

I guess the "spying" on all our phone calls and emails isn't working to well. We waste billions on security, just to make us "feel" safe. It can't be done in the long run. Terrorists are here for the long haul and no government is going to stop them. This is no different then our own police can't stop murders. They can only get there to investigate a crime "after" it happens. The folks are really fooled on all the security costs.

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Why_not 1 year, 5 months ago

Interesting point Kelvin. Lets fire all the cops, disband our counter-intelligence units, and stop spending any tax dollars on safety of any kind. At least you could keep your taxes in your pocket. I guess what I am trying to say is that your comment is about as stupid as any I have ever seen.

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