Terminal B at LaGuardia airport reopened after unattended vehicle prompts evacuation

QUEENS, N.Y. —  Terminal B at LaGuardia airport was reopened after police cleared the unattended vehicle that was found near the terminal Thursday night.

Port Authority confirmed they were investigating an unattended vehicle at the terminal and everyone was evacuated from the area as a precaution about 11 p.m.

Bomb Squad swept the area and said the vehicle was deemed safe more than an hour after the evacuation. The terminal reopened about 12:30 a.m. Friday.

Many people were tweeting the chaos at the airport during the shutdown, as some were seen in video walking towards Terminal C with their luggage after officials announced an evacuation at Terminal B, while others waited outside.

Travelers with their luggage walk to Terminal C as police investigate an unattended vehicle Thursday night. (Twitter/@authnatalienoel)

Travelers with their luggage walk to Terminal C as police investigate an unattended vehicle Thursday night. (Twitter/@authnatalienoel)

All traffic and in and out of LaGuardia Airport was also stalled during the investigation, but resumed shortly after Terminal B reopened.

The scare comes nearly a week after explosions in Seaside Park, New Jersey and Chelsea, sending New Yorkers into a panic. Additional explosives were also located in Elizabeth, New Jersey on Monday, less than 48 hours since the two explosions.

Police in the area have remained on high alert, responding to any suspicious activity or packages being reported. The NYPD released data showing reports of suspicious packages have increased about 400 percent since last Saturday.

From Saturday night through Wednesday at 4 p.m., 818 suspicious package reports have been made to the NYPD, police said Thursday.

Most of the reports are “cleared” relatively quickly, but can disrupt people’s daily lives.