(AFP) — Terminal 8 at New York’s JFK airport was evacuated after bystanders mistook fans celebrating Usain Bolt’s 100m victory on Sunday night for gunfire.
Police received reports of possible gunshots at about 9:30 pm local time on Sunday, NBC reported, which was shortly after Bolt crossed the finish line ahead of Justin Gatlin.
Terminal 8 was evacuated as a precaution and flights briefly halted before a search established there was no danger.
“An official told NBC News that cheering, clapping and banging from people watching the Olympic Games may have been misinterpreted as a fight and gunshots,” the report said.
Bolt timed 9.81 seconds to become the first athlete to win the Olympic 100m three times in a row.