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(NEW YORK) —  JFK International Airport in New York City has evacuated two terminals after reports of shots fired in the area.

At about 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Port Authority Police received a call of shots fired at the airport’s departures area in Terminal 8, which prompted security to clear the area.

#NOW: Unconfirmed reports of shots fired @ JFK Terminal 8. #SOD #ESU & @PAPD #ESU on the scene. Situation unfolding pic.twitter.com/VcYMmMbfPj

— NYPD Special Ops (@NYPDSpecialops) August 15, 2016

“There are no injuries. There are no arrests, there is no confirmation of shots fired,” the Port Authority said in a statement. “But to be cautious, the terminal is being evacuated. Port Authority police are evacuating the terminal at this time.”

Less than an hour later, yet another call of shots fired prompted the closure of Terminal 1 at JFK, in addition to a nearby highway, the Van Wyck Expressway.

“Preliminary investigation does not indicate shots were fired at JFK,” the Port Authority said in a follow-up statement. “There are no injuries. At this time, no gun shells or other evidence of shots fired has been found. The terminal was evacuated out of an abundance of caution. Travelers should contact their carriers. There is substantial [Port Authority Police Department] and [New York Police Department] presence at JFK and [LaGuardia Airport]. Investigation continues.”

“We are aware of an ongoing security situation at the JFK,” American Airlines said in a statement. “There are no known injuries to our employees or passengers at this time and our ticket counter is currently closed. We will provide additional details as they become available.”

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