An Accidental Weapon Discharge at Atlanta Airport


This is the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta international airport. At this location planes that were set to depart had temporarily been retained due to the incident that occured.

Chandler Mason, Staff Reporter

 At 1:30pm an accidental weapon discharge occurred at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The discharge caused a wide-range panic within the airport, and caused departing flights to be temporarily stopped until further notice.

 The Atlanta Airport Twitter account stated that “There is not an active shooter” and “there is no danger to passengers and employees.” The Atlanta PD spokesperson then officially confirmed this statement by saying that there have not been any reports of injuries from this incident. 

  Sgt. Jarius Daugherty of the Atlanta PD stated that this incident occurred because of “an accidental discharge of a firearm near the main security checkpoint.” In addition, he also said that “officers are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

  Due to the incident that occurred, there was a halt on all departing flights from this airport, but this was soon lifted after airport officials declared it was okay to resume the usual routine.

 Currently, there have not been any details about the exact weapon or the particular circumstances relating to the accidental discharge.