Jacksonville: JAX Airport Evacuated Over Package, Bomb Threat

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
October 1, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Jacksonville International Airport on Tuesday evening was evacuated over suspicious packages, and at two men were arrested, according to reports. There were also reports of a bomb threat.

Firstcoastnews.com reported at around 6:25 p.m. that the airport was being evacuated.  The Florida Times-Union, citing witnesses, said that at least two men were seen handcuffed in separate spots. A police source said that authorities confronted a man who claimed to have a bomb.

It is unclear when the airport will be opened again. Gates were closed and flights were delayed.

“In jacksonville & everyone confined to one end of airport due to an ‘incident’. I love travel,” wrote Twitter user Mark Grindle.

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority told News4Jax that the bomb squad was called in over a suspicious bag.

A man was taken into custody, witnesses told the station.

“My colleague and I were coming through security, and all of a sudden they stopped everybody that was in security,” witness Jennifer Lee said. “We looked a couple of lanes over and they were arresting a gentleman in sunglasses. Originally they told us to stand there. Then they started to yell at us to leave.”

The station reported that a man coming off a plane was tackled by security and taken into custody.

A witness told News4Jax that she was getting patted down in security when a man rushed past, saying he had a bomb. Several other witnesses confirmed her account.

Approximately 50 police cars and several ambulances were called to the airport. 

There were no reports of injuries.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.