The airport is in southern California. Jae C. Hong/AP
California police stated that John Wayne Airport was placed in partial lockdown following a breach of security.
Twitter confirmed that temporary disruption was caused by a security incident.
A NBC4 reporter was on the scene and reported that officials tried to negotiate with a man hidden in a ceiling.
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Officials confirmed Friday night that there was a security incident at California's John Wayne Airport. They said that a man was discovered in the ceiling.
According to the Orange County Sheriff's Dept, a male employee at an airport found him after he took control of a car.
The emergency response was activated, and terminal C was locked down. According to a Twitter statement, "The man was located later in the ceiling on non-secure terminal C."
Robert Kovacik was a NBC4 reporter who was at the airport when the incident occurred. He claimed that a man was hiding in the ceiling and officials were trying to negotiate.
Kovacik posted a video that showed the man being taken into police custody after he fell from the ceiling.
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Insider tried to reach airport officials to confirm the incident, but they didn't immediately respond.
Although terminal C was not mentioned in the police statement, NBC4 reported that both terminals A-B were evacuated. It stated that the main terminal was not affected.
-John Wayne Airport (@JohnWayneAir), August 21, 2021
The airport's account on Twitter confirmed that there was a security incident at 7:15 p.m. ET and promised more information. The account tweeted around 8:45 p.m. that the airport was reopened.
According to an airport spokesperson, the evacuation was necessary as a precautionary measure.
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