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Traffic stop leads to panic at LAX, terminal evacuation [9/04/2016]

Traffic stop leads to panic at LAX, terminal evacuation [9/04/2016]

Old Sep 4, 16, 4:50 pm
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Traffic stop leads to panic at LAX, terminal evacuation [9/04/2016]

Traffic stop leads to panic at LAX, terminal evacuation

A traffic stop led to an evacuation at Los Angeles International Airport, delayed flights and the arrest of car-theft suspects in the area on Sunday.

Police said they stopped a suspected stolen vehicle near Terminal 3 around 9 a.m., and three suspects were arrested.

To try and control the scene, officers moved people off sidewalks and into the baggage claim. Some travelers who saw police with their guns drawn panicked and backtracked through security-screening areas. LAX officer Rob Pedragon said about 15 people left out of an emergency exit and onto a tarmac.

Police quickly brought the scared passengers back inside, and Terminal 3 was then evacuated as a precaution.

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