Auto crash, gun fears bring chaotic night to LAX

Nerves still frayed from earlier shooting


LOS ANGELES  — Operations are back to normal at Los Angeles International Airport after a car crash and false alarms that evacuated terminals, stalled flights and panicked passengers jittery after a recent shooting rampage.

LAX officials say a driver hit a parking garage Friday night. The loud noise was mistaken for gunfire and passengers scrambled out of a terminal. The chaos was heightened when an anonymous caller reported seeing a gunman at another terminal gate.

Some 2,000 people were evacuated from two terminals and dozens of flights were delayed for several hours until police gave the all-clear. Spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado says things are going smoothly Saturday morning.

The incident came three weeks after a gunman killed a TSA officer and wounded three people at the airport.