Fans cheering for Usain Bolt may have caused JFK evacuation
Fans cheering for Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt as he competed in the 100-meter final at the Rio Olympics may have caused an evacuation at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, according to NBC News.
NBC News reports that an official believes cheering, clapping and banging from people watching the Olympics might have been misinterpreted as gunshots.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that the evacuation occurred after reports of gunshots around 9:30 p.m. This was the same time that Bolt was racing.
The Port Authority press office told SI.com that reports fans caused the evacuation could not be confirmed.
Bolt claimed his third gold medal in the 100-meter with a time of 9.81. He and American sprinter Justin Gatlin became the first athletes to win three medals in the event.