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Atlanta Airport Concourse Evacuated on Transformer Blast

Part of a concourse at Atlanta’s airport, the world’s busiest, was evacuated after an electrical transformer exploded in a gate area undergoing construction.

The blast occured around 8:40 a.m. near Gate D 21 at a ramp level maintenance shop, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport said in an e-mailed statement. There was no fire and no one was injured, the airport said. There is still a partial power outage in some areas.

“There was an electrical transformer in the gate area that was hanging down from a dropped ceiling” as part of construction in the area, Michelle Mohr, a US Airways Group Inc. (LCC) spokeswoman, said in an interview. “It overloaded and blew.”

There are no indications that it was terrorism-related or a planned attack, Reese McCranie, an airport spokesman, said in an interview.

Atlanta is the hometown hub of Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), the world’s second-largest carrier, and about 95.5 million passengers traveled through the airport last year. Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)’s AirTran unit also uses Atlanta as a base.

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