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Threat Prompts Evacuation at Richmond Airport

'Credible' threat shuts down terminal for 3 1/2 hours
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2013 9:04 AM CDT

(Newser) – Richmond International Airport was evacuated this morning around 6am following a phoned-in threat that was deemed credible, WAVY reports. Multiple federal, state, and local agencies and K-9 teams found nothing unusual in a search. At 8am, some 200 people stood about a quarter-mile from the terminal, the AP reports via USA Today; they appeared calm. Officials were "nice enough, just telling us they're clearing this, clearing that," says a passenger. At least a dozen flights were delayed, the Richmond Times-Dispatch adds, and the terminal was reopened at 9:30am.

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It's not the only aviation disturbance this morning: CNN is reporting that an explosion in a maintenance shed has shut down power to a concourse at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The concourse was evacuated as a precaution. (Read more Richmond stories.)

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