Emergency at Atlanta Airport: Fire, power outage, prompts, lights, systems to go down down, travelers stranded


Thousands of travelers were left stranded Sunday after a reported fire wiped out a good portion of an underground electrical room

Update: 9:30 p.m. EST: A traveler has reported that cellular service around the airport has been taken down and that flights may not be allowed to resume until sometime early Monday morning. The mayor is not ruling out terrorism. The airport’s website is currently down.

ATLANTA (INTELLIHUB) — Something was afoot at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) Sunday, as airport staff, airlines, travelers, and officials continue to struggle to try and regain power to critical systems after a substantial portion of the electrical room was reportedly destroyed by a fire which has since been extinguished.

Thousands of travelers at ATL have been left grounded and explanations from officials have been vague.

Hundreds of passengers were stranded on the tarmac for the duration of the outage.

A preprogrammed emergency message could be heard broadcasting over the loudspeakers inside of the airport.

Some concourses were left completely in the dark.

Smoke could be seen inside of “Concourse D” as passengers stood in dismay. Fumes were present, according to the city’s mayor.

At 4:41 p.m. the airport released the following statement on Twitter: “A power outage has impacted several areas in the airport. #ATL officials are working to remedy the situation. Additional updates to come.”

The airport’s hollow statement caused some social media-goers to voice their candid updates and opinions.

Twitter user “elijah colt” provided the following update at 5:54 p.m.: “Atlanta police preparing to declare an emergency and evacuate everyone out of airport. Metro Station at airport working. Those on planes will be deplaned, police working on overnight housing plan for them. #ATL

Criticizing police response, Will Collier tweeted:

Direct quote from the AJC: “Nearly five hours after a power outage began at Hartsfield-Jackson international Airport, Atlanta police started arriving to help.”

The City of Atlanta owns and runs ATL airport. And it took FIVE HOURS for them to mobilize.

Heckuva job, Karim.

Power is expected to be restored by midnight to early Monday morning.

Delta Airlines, alone, has canceled more than 450 flights.

The Atlanta mayor issued a statement saying that there is no credible evidence the fire was ‘deliberate.’


Security sweeps of the airport are being conducted as a precaution.

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H/T: Tabertronic on Twitter

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