Los Angeles airport partly evacuated after car crash, report of armed man

Los Angeles InternationalAirport was partly evacuated and some flights delayed on Fridayevening after passengers mistook the noise from a car crashoutside for gunfire, at around the same time as an anonymouscaller reported an armed man in a terminal, officials said.

The reports of an armed man and shots fired, while theyappear to be false, disrupted flight operations and alarmedpassengers at the California airport, one of the world'sbusiest, where a gunman killed a federal security agent andwounded several others in a shooting spree on Nov. 1.

Shortly before 7:30 p.m. local time on Friday, airportpolice responded to a report from passengers that shots werefired at terminal 5. They found this report to be false, citinga "loud noise" produced from a multiple-vehicle traffic accidenton a roadway outside the terminal, according to airportspokeswoman Nancy Castles.

At around the same time, an anonymous caller told airportpolice that there was a man with a weapon in terminal 4, Castlessaid. Police investigated and found that report to be false butfully evacuated the terminal so it could be searched.

At least 2,000 passengers are estimated to have either fledon their own or under direction by airport police.

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