WASHINGTON - Two garages at Washington Dulles International Airport have reopened after police investigated a bomb threat Monday night.
No bomb was found.
First reports about a problem came through just before 9 p.m. Monday as people on Twitter began expressing concern and asking questions while several passengers called into WTOP.
MWAA spokeswoman Kim Gibbs told WTOP they and police were investigating a bomb threat.
The United terminal was cleared and closed, but later reopened while daily parking garages remained closed while police searched the area.
By 10:45 p.m., MWAA spokesman Rob Yingling told WTOP terminals, runways and flights were operational.
By 11:15, the garages were reopened after the police searched returned negative results.
MWAA also says that contrary to early reports, planes were not evacuated. However, a spokesperson tells WTOP travelers flying to and from Dulles are encouraged to check their flight status, as several flights were delayed.
On Twitter, @DCairports (MWAA) shared status updates for travelers as initial reports poured in.
If you are flying #IAD Dulles tonight, check flight status with your airline. Airport is open and operating, but several flts delayed.— MWAA (@dcairports) September 25, 2012
Terminals open at #IAD Dulles, parking garages temp closed for a police investigation. Several arriving flights delayed; will update.— MWAA (@dcairports) September 25, 2012
#IAD Dulles terminals, runways, flights operating normally. Daily garages remain clsd for police investigation. Hourly & Econ lots open.— MWAA (@dcairports) September 25, 2012
Contrary to reports, planes were not "evacuated" at #IAD Dulles. Flights are operating normally with some delays from earlier this eve.— MWAA (@dcairports) September 25, 2012
#IAD Dulles Daily Garages 1&2 are now re-opening following a police investigation with negative results. Thanks for your patience.— MWAA (@dcairports) September 25, 2012
While everything at Dulles is getting back to normal, there may be residual effects due to earlier flight delays.
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