Hundreds of people evacuated Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s Terminal 3 on Saturday afternoon when a contractor cut a fire sprinkler line, setting off fire alarms.
Adrian and Hilary Hughes were headed on a vacation to Northern Ireland. It was 30 minutes from their boarding time when they heard smoke alarms blaring.
“We expected the bombs to go off in Ireland,” said Hilary, 49.
Adrian, 50, said that once the alarms sounded, airport personnel immediately began directing travelers outside the building. They were told to get as far from the building as possible.
He confessed that the experience was scary but did say that everyone evacuated the terminal in a calm and orderly fashion. Travelers spilled out onto the tarmac, many taking shelter beneath a roof to avoid rain.
Many people posted pictures and videos of the experience on Twitter and Instagram.
According to an airport official, alarms started going off at the airport around 3 p.m. The delays lasted for about an hour, but the airport has now resumed normal functions. Some flights were delayed.