published Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Atlanta airport explosion linked to power unit

In this Aug. 3, 2011, fle photo, airline passengers go through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
In this Aug. 3, 2011, fle photo, airline passengers go through the Transportation Security Administration security checkpoint at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ATLANTA — A small explosion and power outage at a concourse of Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport was likely caused by a malfunctioning power supply unit Tuesday morning, airport officials said.

Passengers were allowed to return to their gates at the airport after an electrical explosion at a maintenance shop knocked out some power to one of the concourses, authorities said. No one was injured.

The explosion happened around 8:40 a.m. at a maintenance shop near Gate D 21, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie.

McCranie said there was no fire, but the explosion caused minor property damage.

A unit that supplies power mostly to the air-conditioning system at Concourse D malfunctioned, McCranie said, adding that about 35 flights were delayed by 20 to 30 minutes.

The explosion briefly shut down power to part of the airport, Atlanta Fire Rescue spokeswoman Janet Ward said.

Officials plan to inspect the equipment Tuesday night to try to determine what led to the explosion, McCranie said. An alternate power source was serving the concourse where the explosion happened.

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