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South Florida reaction to Brussels bombings

Brussels explosion forces people to evacuate metro tunnel

After an explosion, some people on board trains evacuated between the Arts-Lois and Maelbeek metro stations in Brussels on March 22, 2016. Federal police confirmed that an explosion occurred at Maalbeck metro station near European Union institutio
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After an explosion, some people on board trains evacuated between the Arts-Lois and Maelbeek metro stations in Brussels on March 22, 2016. Federal police confirmed that an explosion occurred at Maalbeck metro station near European Union institutio

Some South Florida-related reactions to the bombings in Brussels, Belgium, that occurred about 2:30 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday:

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Miami International Airport reported no flight delays caused by the bombings, issuing a statement about 10 a.m. Tuesday: “While there is no direct threat to Miami International Airport, we have heightened the security posture we already have in place with a number of additional measures, in response to the terrorist attacks today in Brussels. Those measures include an increased presence of uniformed officers and canine units in and around the terminal. Employees across our operations have been alerted to heighten their vigilance for suspicious activity.

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“Miami-Dade Police and the Miami-Dade Aviation Department have increased patrols on the airport perimeter, and will increase random inspections at airport entrances. In light of these additional security measures, coupled with increased airport traffic for spring break travel and the Easter Sunday weekend, travelers are encouraged to arrive at the airport earlier than usual this week.”

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Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez also offered a statement. “The thoughts and prayers of Miami-Dade County are with everyone affected by the terrorist attacks in Brussels. While there is no specific threat to Miami-Dade County, the Miami-Dade Police Department and partner law enforcement agencies have enhanced security measures at specific locations throughout our community. I urge all of our residents and visitors to remain vigilant and if you see something, say something by reporting it to law enforcement. For non-emergencies, please call 305-4-POLICE. For all emergencies, please dial 9-1-1. It takes all of us to protect all of us.”

That began U.S. Rep. Alcee L. Hastings’ (D-FL) statement, which continued with “I am overcome with sadness and anger today, but take solace in knowing that those responsible for these cowardly attacks will be brought to swift and total justice. All of Europe was targeted by this morning's savagery, yet the values that unite us remain unshaken. We will never relent in our fight against terrorism.

“As the details of these attacks are uncovered, I offer my full support to the Belgian government.”

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson’s statement read, “Now is the time for steady resolve as we continue to press against the scourge of terrorism. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims of today's horrific attacks and their families. The bombings in Brussels are a reminder that we must remain vigilant and ‘if you see something, say something’.”

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