A gunshot and the “Lightning Bolt” make different sounds. That didn’t stop a traveler from thinking that the reaction to the latter sounded more like the crack of the former.
The New York Port Authority evacuated Terminal 8 at JFK International Airport on Sunday night. A deplaning passenger reported hearing a gunshot. Another worried traveler worried about a gunshot in Terminal 1.
“There are no reported injuries or arrests at this time,” the Port Authority explained. “Preliminary investigation does not indicate shots were fired at JFK.”
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Authorities ultimately concluded that the traveler in Terminal 8 heard raucous “clapping and banging” in response to Usain Bolt running the distance from home plate down the line to the right-field wall in Yankee Stadium at a really, really fast pace.
They key piece of evidence? The call to the Port Authority at roughly 9:30 p.m. Eastern, right around the time the Jamaican crossed the finish line in Rio. Bolt didn’t unleash a speed-of-sound sonic boom but the sound of his speed tends to unleash a sonic boom of another sort.
Bolt ran a 9.81 to win his third gold medal in the event. American Justin Gatlin snagged a silver and Andre de Grasse brought home the bronze to Canada.