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Fire at Newark Airport leads to terminal evacuation, long lines for security

A transformer fire broke out in a manhole in New Jersey Newark Airport, leading to a partial evacuation.

(Port Authority)

A fire broke out in Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey Friday morning, causing a partial evacuation of Terminal C, followed by long lines at the security.

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An underground transformer led to a fire at a PSE&G manhole near Gate 71, resulting in a terminal and flight interruptions, NJ Advance Media.

By a fire at a PSE&G manhole fire outside Terminal C, PSE&G has the power supply temporarily and the terminal is under back-up generator. The C-1 wing has been evacuated as a precaution. Flyers should get in touch with United Airlines for information on their flights.

— Newark Airport (@EWRairport) January 12, 2018

Social media photos showed long lines to get through security after passengers were allowed back in the terminal, with a waiting time of up to an hour. 2:15 a.m., officials posted on Twitter that the lines started to move, but to get extra time if you’re traveling through Terminal C.

Told there was a fire explosion at Newark airport Terminal c. Had to be evacuated. Now the flood of people trying to get thru security pic.twitter.com/G4i2uNiPig

— Mia Saini (@miasaini) January 12, 2018

The lines begin to move along. Then proceed to extra time in Newark Terminal C Screening. #PAPD #PAPDARFF #ARFF #PAPDPROTECTSNYNJ #EWRAirport #NewarkAirport #EWR pic.twitter.com/b4alQLlFRd

— Port authority PBA (@PAPD911) January 12, 2018

The fire was extinguished and nobody was injured. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said there was no smoke or fire in the terminal.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

Michelle Gant is a writer and editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter @Michelleleegant

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