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Officials: Gun Discovered In Ceiling Panel At Kennedy Airport

MAC-11 Subcompact Machine Pistol Was Found By A Contractor
FILE - A plane waits at John F. Kennedy Airport  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

FILE – A plane waits at John F. Kennedy Airport (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — There were tense moments at JFK Airport on Thursday when workers found a gun in the ceiling panel of a maintenance closet.

The area that the gun was discovered in was not past the security screening area. There was no word on how the gun got there, CBS 2 reported.

The Port Authority released the following statement on Thursday:

“At 10:10 a.m. today, a contractor who was running cable through the ceiling of a management office at Terminal 1 at JFK found a case in a storage closet containing a MAC-11, a subcompact machine pistol. The office, which is locked and accessible only to a few people, is located outside the terminal’s secure area. The contractor immediately called PAPD, who responded and took possession of the weapon. PAPD are investigating whether the weapon is operable and whether it was ever used in the commission of a crime. The weapon was unloaded, there was no ammo nearby.”

The discovery made some passengers nervous, 1010 WINS Gary Baumgarten reported.

“I hope that there is more security and I hope for the best to stop the nonsense that’s going on in this world,” Asario said.

The incident remained under investigation on Thursday night.

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