Jacksonville evacuation is making headline news at this hour as two suspicious packages found at the Jacksonville International Airport has prompted the evacuation. According to NBC News on Oct. 1, Michael Stewart, spokesperson for the Jacksonville International Airport has confirmed the evacuation of the airport amid the presence of the Jacksonville’s Sheriff’s Office bomb squad.
Two packages have been found, one inside the terminal and the other inside a garage. It is not clear at this time what the packages contain, but the bomb squad is still at the airport. Stewart said the situation is “on-going.” About 8:10 p.m. ET the airport officials called a “ground-stop” at the airport. Stewart said that no outgoing flights will be leaving and folks should call ahead to the airlines to find out if your travel arrangements have changed.
Passengers on incoming flights that are currently on the ground have been tweeted by airport officials that they will be transported to motels off site as soon as buses become available. As far as operations at JAX for tomorrow, Stewart reports it is just too early to predict tomorrow’s flights.
The Inquisitr reports that the FBI, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Airport Authority Police are involved in this investigation.
Witnesses who talked to the media said that they saw a man being taken into custody. An unidentified law enforcement source said that this incident started with a man claiming to have a bomb and another man running from the area. “A gentleman in sunglasses” was put in hand cuffs said witness Jennifer Lee.
At first Lee said they were told to “stand there” then airport employees yelled at them to leave the airport. Police have not confirmed what the witnesses have reported.