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'Zorro' detained at Los Angeles airport after shooting rumours turn out to be 'loud noises'

Following the reports, passengers 'in several LAX terminals self-evacuated onto the tarmac and rushed through federal security screening without being properly screened,' airport public relations director Nancy Suey Castles said. Photograph: (Getty)

California Aug 29, 2016, 11.34 AM (IST)
Police detained a man dressed in a Zorro costume, possibly responsible for the brief closure of the Los Angeles International airport after reports of loud noises like gunfire surfaced late on Sunday.

Airport authorities confirmed on Twitter the 'individual in Zorro costume' has been detained.
Policemen were seen arresting a man dressed in black with a hat on, in a video shared by Sam Macon on Twitter.



However, there was no confirmation on whether the man was connected to yesterday's reports of loud noises.

Reports of unconfirmed gunfire had prompted the closure of a part of the airport late on Sunday, airport authorities said on Twitter.
 
However, the authorities later confirmed that there were no gunshots fired.

"Report of shooting at LAX proven to be LOUD NOISES only," Andy Neiman, head of media relations for the LAPD, wrote on Twitter.

The terminals were reopened after about two hours and the passengers were being screened through federal security in all terminals, the airport authorities said.

Following the reports, passengers "in several LAX terminals self-evacuated onto the tarmac and rushed through federal security screening without being properly screened," airport public relations director Nancy Suey Castles said after the terminal was cleared.

The alert came two months after police temporarily evacuated a terminal at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport while they investigated reports of gunfire there, also later determined to be false.

Los Angeles International airport or LAX is one of the largest international airports in the US and seventh busiest worldwide in terms of traffic.

(WION with inputs from agencies)

 
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