Posted at: 11/23/2013 5:35 PM
By: Associated Press
Operations are back to normal at Los Angeles International Airport after a car crash and false alarms that evacuated terminals, stalled flights and panicked passengers jittery after a recent shooting rampage.
Officials say about 4,600 passengers were affected by the disruptions Friday night during one of the airport's busiest holiday seasons.
LAX officials say it began when a driver hit a parking garage Friday night. The loud noise was mistaken for gunfire and passengers scrambled out of a terminal. The chaos was heightened when an anonymous caller reported seeing a gunman at another terminal gate.
Some 2,000 people were evacuated from two terminals and dozens of flights were delayed for several hours until police gave the all-clear. Spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado says things are going smoothly Saturday morning.
The incident came three weeks after a gunman killed a TSA officer and wounded three people at the airport.