Fire and Bomb Scare: It's Been a Real Bad Morning for Miami International Airport

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

While our airport has a reputation for bringing constant misery, the past few hours at Miami International Airport have been exceedingly miserable, even by its own standards. First a fuel tank exploded that caused a fire that took hours to put out. Then, even before that situation was controlled, the bomb squad was called in to investigate a suspicious package.

The fire broke out near the perimeter of the airport, far from the runway, at about 11 pm. Some sort of malfunction caused an explosion, and eventually all six fuel tanks at the airport were affected. Combined, the tanks could hold up to 6 million gallons of fuel each, thought it's likely they contained much less at the time of the blaze.

A spokesman for American Airlines says that the fuel supply was reduced by about 40 percent, and at least 37 flights scheduled to depart from the airport have been canceled.

It took about 30 firefighters, but eventually the blaze was under control by 1:30 this morning.

As if that wasn't enough, the bomb squad was also called in this morning to inspect a suspicious package. A bomb-sniffing dog alerted officers to a package left near the baggage carousel at around 7:20 a.m. this morning. Authorities evacuated a portion of the airport while investigating the situation. Any threat was contained, and the area was soon again open.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.