Images from the scene showed people standing on the side of the street after reportedly being told to leave the building.
Terminal C evacuated just as I was about to head through TSA,” one traveler claimed.
“People screaming, running, falling down steps… some people were mid-check-in and are barefoot outside,” they added. “100% total chaos.”
Other reports claimed that someone shouted “run” before hiding behind a crew desk.
The airport quickly took to Twitter to confirm that the incident was “under control” adding that a customer had exited through a security door.
However, the Port Authority Police Department responded to the scene also.
Just minutes after the airport was evacuated, a police officer told passengers that they could go back inside.