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Jacksonville International Airport was evacuated due to a suspicious package

8:58 PM, Oct 1, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville International Airport is currently being evacuated.

According to JIA's Twitter account, "Due to police activity regarding suspicious pkgs., JAX airport has been evacuated. Please check with airline for flight updates."

First Coast News has a crew on the way to the scene and will provide updates shortly.

Michael Stewart, Jacksonville Airport Authority spokesperson, confirmed the evacuation and the presence of the JSO Bomb Squad.

Stewart said that travelers should check with their airlines to find out if travel plans have been changed.

The all clear will be first issued to the airlines, according to Stewart.

UPDATE: 6:50 p.m. -- According to FCN's news partner The Florida Times-Union, the evacuation occurred after man claimed to have bomb, said police sources.

UPDATE: 6:57 p.m. -- Lance Grooms, a witness, says he was inside the airport security screening area when a man was handcuffed. He says everyone in the area was told to quickly evacuate.

7:01 p.m. -- Everyone who has evacuated is now sitting 100 yards from the airport and is not being provided with information.

Four flights have been confirmed as delayed.

7:07 p.m. -- According to FlightAware.com, JAX is currently experiencing all inbound flights being held at their origin until 7:45 p.m. due to security.

7:15 p.m. -- According to JIA's Twitter account: "Passengers on in-bound flights currently on the ground will be bused to off-site hotels as transportation becomes available."

7:20 p.m. -- JIA's Twitter: Media update will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the JAA admin building parking lot.

7:35 p.m. -- Michael Stewart of JIA: Passengers are being taken to nearby hotels b/c they cannot get to their cars. One package was in the garage and one package was in the terminal. He did not confirm any arrests.

8:30 p.m. -- Stewart and Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer.

First Coast News

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