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Ambulance service treats 26 people after London City Airport evacuated

Ambulance service treats 26 people after London City Airport evacuated

After a three-hour investigation by police and firefighters in protective clothing, the terminal was declared safe.

The incident came shortly after police said on Friday they had arrested a teenager under terrorism laws following the discovery of a "suspicious item" on a London underground train near Canary Wharf.

According to the London Fire Brigade, 500 people were evacuated from the airport at around 11 a.m. EST after a number of people felt "unwell".

Alistair Snowie, who spoke to CNN on the phone from a medical tent where he was being treated, said he was waiting in line to check in for his flight home to Stirling, Scotland, when everyone started coughing.

"It was getting quite bad and we saw other people starting to cough at the same time", he told Britain's Press Association news agency. Eye-witnesses reported that people "started coughing uncontrollably". Two of them were taken to hospitals. Two of them were taken to hospitals.

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All aircraft movements were suspended and the airport was evacuated on land side and air side, a spokeswoman for the airport said by phone.

"The building was ventilated, searched and declared safe", it said, adding that "no elevated readings" had been registered during the search.

So for there have been no indications from authorities as to whether the incident may have been accidental or could be something more sinister and the cause of the scare has not been identified. "We thank passengers for their patience, access to terminal will be staggered & disruption to flights expected".

The airport, a few miles east of the Canary Wharf financial district, mostly serves short-haul, European destinations.


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