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Police say no shots fired at LAX after 'loud noises' create chaos

LOS ANGELES — Police late Sunday said no gunman has been found and no shots were fired at Los Angeles International Airport after reports of an active shooter brought a scare to hundreds of travelers.

Los Angeles police spokesman Andy Neiman said the reports were spurred by "loud noises" only, and police are still investigating to find the source of them. No injured were reported, Neiman tweeted.

The reports caused people to pour on to sidewalks and out on to the tarmac at the airport.

Later, people could be seen walking back into the airport and flights starting to take off again.

Scores of people could be seen on social media and on TV news running from the terminal out on to the sidewalks and streets. Many other evacuees are standing on the airport tarmac, and abandoned bags littered some sidewalks.

Airport police said traffic to the terminal area was closed as officers searched the airport, and no flights were being allowed to land.

The Federal Aviation Administration said temporarily held all Los Angeles-bound flights that had yet to leave airports in Minnesota or anywhere west of it.

Los Angeles city police and fire departments said they sent many units to the airport for a security situation.

Passenger Scott McDonald said he was getting off a plane in the middle of the incident and was told by the crew to get back on. He said looking out the window he could see many evacuees gathered out on the tarmac, a strange sight even for someone who travels almost constantly.

"I've never seen passengers, just normal people, on the tarmac anywhere in the United States," McDonald told KCAL-TV.

NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt tweeted: "Arriving at LAX off flight when people started pouring out of term 4 onto Tarmac. Security said 'shots fired. Run!' Now in vehicle on taxiwy."

Holt later tweeted: "Witness tells me she heard 'pops' in lax term 4. Others say they just heard 'run!' Those evacuated to Tarmac just allowed back in."

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