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ATLANTA -- A small electrical explosion inside a maintenance area forced an evacuation at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Tuesday morning.
Hartsfield-Jackson Airport spokesman Reese McCranie said there was a "small electrical explosion" in a maintenance area near gate D-21. The explosion was due to a failure of a system running power to Concourse D. The cause of the failure remains under investigation.
He says no injuries were reported. He said there was no fire and no smoke from the explosion.
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The maintenance area, according to officials, is on the lower level of the concourse, away from passengers.
Power to the concourse was interrupted, and passengers on the concourse were evacuated to Concourse E. Incoming and outgoing flights in the affected area were reassigned to other gates.
Passengers have since been allowed to return to the concourse. Full power was restored to the concourse shortly before 11:30 a.m.
McCranie said on Tuesday evening that the explosion affected around 35 flights. The average delay was 30 minutes.