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Birmingham, Ala., Airport Evacuated Over Threat (UPDATE: Airport Reopened; Nothing Found After Sweep)

FBI spokesman Paul Daymond says the agency's bomb technicians are working with local police to investigate.

UPDATE: 8:45 p.m.

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham, Ala., airport has reopened after a threat prompted an investigation by bomb technicians and an evacuation of more than two hours.

Police spokesman Johnny Williams told AL.com that nothing was found after bomb dogs and officers did a sweep of the airport.

Airport officials said in a Facebook post around 6:30 p.m. CDT that the airport was secured and normal operations were resuming. They said the threat was received around 4 p.m., prompting the evacuation.

Flights were delayed or diverted during the shutdown, according to the airport website. Evacuees posted pictures of dozens of people outside the airport after the threat.

Calls to authorities by The Associated Press seeking further information on the reopening weren't immediately returned.

Original story appears below.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The terminal at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport has been evacuated because of a threat.

The airport's Facebook page said the terminal had been evacuated Sunday because of a threat but didn't elaborate.

FBI spokesman Paul Daymond says the agency's bomb technicians are working with local police to investigate.

The airport website said several flights into the airport were being diverted.

Police spokesman Johnny Williams said he and other officers were on their way to the airport Sunday evening but didn't have any details on what prompted the evacuation. A call and email to the Birmingham Airport Authority wasn't immediately returned.

WBRC-TV reported that the station's meteorologist was on the scene and confirmed that several planes from multiple airlines were parked away from the gates.

This is breaking news; updates will be added.

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