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Man in Zorro costume arrested at LAX after reports of gunfire proven to be loud noises

Published 29/08/2016 | 06:45

Chaos at LAX airport after reports of gunfire
Chaos at LAX airport after reports of gunfire
Giant stainless steel letters forming LAX are shown at the entrance way to Los Angeles International Airport September 11, 2006

Terminals at Los Angeles International Airport were evacuated briefly late on Sunday before police determined that reports of gunfire in one of the terminals were only "loud noises", the latest false alarm at a busy U.S. airport.

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No injuries were reported in the incident but an investigation was underway, Andy Neiman, commanding officer of media relations for the Los Angeles Police Department, said in a Twitter message.

However, it was reported that a man dressed in a Zorro costume was arrested.

At least two terminals were "self-evacuated" and security personnel were checking them for anything suspicious, according to Officer Alicia Hernandez of the LAX police. She said terminals would reopen to passengers once they were deemed safe.

Video feeds from the airport had shown dozens of people gathered on a tarmac and outside terminals at one of the nation's busiest airports.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration said on its website that air traffic to LAX was being delayed at the point of departure. It suggested passengers coming from other cities check with the departure airports.

U.S. airport security officials have been on heightened alert in recent months following deadly attacks at international airports in Belgium and Turkey.

The alert at LAX comes two months after police temporarily evacuated a terminal at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport while they investigated reports of gunfire in one of its terminals.

A preliminary investigation of that incident, which also occurred on a Sunday evening, found no evidence of foul play or suspicious activity.

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