Atlanta power outage delays travel plans


Authorities say passengers were being allowed to return to their gates at Atlanta's airport after a small electrical explosion at a maintenance shop knocked out some power to one of the concourses. No one was injured.

Reese McCranie, deputy director at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, said the explosion happened around 8:40 a.m. Tuesday at a maintenance shop near Gate D-21.

McCranie said there was no fire, but the explosion caused what he described as some "minor property damage."

Atlanta Fire Rescue spokeswoman Janet Ward says the explosion briefly shut down power to part of the airport.

McCranie said a partial power outage remained shortly before 10:30 a.m. in some parts of Concourse D, but the fire department had given the "all-clear" and passengers were returning to the concourse.


Possible explosion causes power outage at airport.


ATLANTA (AP) - Firefighters have been called to Atlanta's airport after reports of an apparent explosion at a maintenance shed.

Atlanta Fire Rescue spokeswoman Janet Ward says the Tuesday morning incident briefly shut down power to part of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

There were no reports of any injuries.

Airport officials told the fire department that part of Concourse D was evacuated.

Delta Air Lines spokesman Morgan Durrant said the airline is working with airport officials and others involved to determine the impact to Delta operations.

Though Atlanta is major Delta hub, the airline has only a handful of gates in Concourse D.

Durrant said at 10 a.m. Tuesday that Delta didn't know yet whether it would need to delay or cancel any flights, but would take those measures only as a last resort.

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