An email from Steve Coleman, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, said that the central terminal building (Terminal D) had been evacuated.
Coleman says that the Port Authority Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit and the New York City Police Department’s bomb squad went to the scene. NBC New York reports that the package was in a shopping area in the terminal.
WABC-TV reports some more details about the package:
Sources tell Eyewitness News an electrical device was found at a phone booth on the upper level departure of Terminal B, known as central terminal.
Sources add next to the bag is a substance that looks like marijuana.
The source adds wires appear to be coming from the bag.
According to Huffington Post's Ethan Klapper, the FAA has issued a ground stop (which prohibits all planes from flying) until at least noon EDT.
Pictures show crowds waiting outside the terminal:
Not to start a panic but my terminal at laguardia just got evacuated twitter.com/RhinoB/status/…— Laura Knetzger (@RhinoB) April 16, 2013 April 16, 2013 BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) April 16, 2013 April 16, 2013
Earlier today Boston's Logan Airport, police were called in after a "security incident," but they later also gave the "all clear."
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