Fort Lauderdale airport terminal evacuated after Sunday morning gas leak

About 100 passengers and employees were evacuated from two concourses at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport early Sunday after a natural gas leak that apparently originated in a restaurant, officials said.

The evacuation in terminal 3 was ordered at 4:30 a.m. and lasted about an hour, according to airport spokesman Greg Meyer.

Flight delays of from five to 60 minutes were reported, Meyer said.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue responded and were conducting an investigation, Meyer said. The company that supplies the gas, used for cooking, was summoned to shut off the gas flow to the terminal.

Meyer said the gas leak apparently came from a restaurant in . Passengers from both concourse E and F were ordered to leave the terminal, Meyer said.

Although natural gas is odorless, a scent is added to commercial gas so that leaks can be detected, Meyer said.

All restaurants in the two concourses had reopened, but some menu offerings may be temporarily unavailable, Meyer said.

An investigation into the causes of the leak was continuing, Meyer said.

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