Airport Evacuated After Fire Alarm Goes Off

July 23, 2011

[Updated with videos/statement] Earlier this afternoon [July 23] the L.F. Wade International Airport was evacuated, and emergency personnel attended, and temporarily blocked the entrance.

The scene created a back log of traffic attempting to enter the Airport, and the sight of fire trucks also attracted several members of the public:

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After a period of time, passengers were allowed back into the terminal and it appeared that passengers who had already cleared U.S. Customs were sent back to repeat the process, while all other persons were sent back to the airport check-in line.

Confusion was evident, and at one point a US Customs official stood on a counter, and attracted everyone’s attention with a whistle before making an announcement, which was somewhat impeded by a beeping alarm going off in the airport at the same time.

US Airways Flight #1298 which was supposed to head to Charlotte at 4.45pm is now listed as being delayed, as is Delta Flight #560 to Boston, which was scheduled to depart at 5.00pm.

We have not yet received a response to our inquiry, however we unofficially understand that the evacuation was due to a fire alarm going off. The Bermuda Fire & Rescue Service attended and we understand there was no sign of smoke or fire, and the evacuation was done as a precaution. We will update with official information as able.

Update July 23, 11:15am: Official statement below.

At 1:51 p.m. this afternoon, Saturday July 23, 2001, there was an audible alarm fire alarm activation at L.F.Wade International Airport. The emergency services were notified and Airport Security Police were advised to assist in evacuating the Terminal.

All passengers, tenants and workers were evacuated to the allocated Muster Stations under the direction of Airport Security Police and other Airport personnel.

At approximately 1:59 p.m. Bermuda Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) were at the Terminal and a search of the Baggage Hall and surrounding areas was conducted with negative results.

There were no signs of smoke or fire, therefore attention was directed to the sensors and pull stations in one particular area of the terminal building which also had negative results.

After approximately 40 minutes, the BFRS made the determination to allow staff, tenants and departing passengers to re enter the Terminal building after confirming that there were no signs of smoke or fire.

At 3:10 p.m., all arriving passengers were allowed back into the Terminal. As a result of the activation, AirTran flight 1815 was delayed 15 minutes. An investigation into the cause of the alarm is underway.

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  1. Jenn says:

    This is miserable! I’ve been here since ten and all I got was a ten dollar voucher! What the he’ll is that going to buy me? The evacuation was so unorganized no one knew anything ughhh

    • The Truth says:

      This is Bermuda what do you expect disorganization is our middle name. At least we have fire trucks thank god that. LoL!

    • WaaaH says:

      Waaah. Get over it. Travel savvy or travel domestically.

  2. Terry says:

    Who pulled dee hahlarm……

    Was it a manuel function…….? Or the work of the Yoo Bee Pee………..

  3. Aruna says:

    Waste of time! Had us sitting there for over an hour (most of it was spent in the sun). After a while all police/fire persons were just sitting outside with us, waiting. For nothing.

    • Terry says:

      Were you a Passenger departing or just waiting around for departing friends/family.

  4. Terry says:

    Oslo..Norway…..waste of time Never know…..

    • WaaaH says:

      As in Moody Blues of the 70′s….”THERE ya go man….” Get off the cell’s., out of the wiis, off the laptops, and INTO Life! wake up and deal with it peeps!.

  5. US Observer says:

    Good point Terry…some people just have no idea. And to Aruna’s comment – I guess you would say “Waste of time” if you get caught in a sitation where you are at risk of losing your life…poor you for sitting outside in the sun for over an hour (IN Bermuda of all places). Some people don’t have the luxury…smile and be grateful.

    • Aruna Dismont says:

      I’m complaining because it was an unorganized situation. The airport workers (customs, immigration, etc) told us themselves that whenever the alarm’s go off, they dread it because the situation takes so long because in reality, no one knows how to deal with fire (alarm) situations. No one could tell us what was going on, including the workers because they were unorganized and said themselves “we don’t know what’s going on”. Countless amounts of tourists were upset and we just may have lost them forever. That’s why I am complaining. Another example of where Bermuda falls short in terms of training, standards, and just some plain ol’ (not so) common sense.

      And, US Observer, you are definitely a “American” observer, because Terry is a troll (wikipedia that if you don’t know what I’m referring to) so you just look a little silly agreeing with him, first of all. Second of all, the situation was not that serious, as the locals could tell. Third of all, sitting in the sun for that long is annoying and unhealthy.