Did Zorro Cause The LAX Airport Shooting Scare? The Masked Man Sent Passengers Into A False Panic

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Alex Kruz performs at The Return of Zorro at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for Zorro Productions)
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Crowds rushed through a packed Los Angeles International Airport late Sunday night, prompted by a series of reported "loud noises" many patrons feared to be gunshots. The scare proved to be a false alarm, but LAX officials evacuated thousands from the airport, prompting hours-long delays for many of the flyers. This incident came just two weeks after a false alarm of reported gunfire caused mass panic in New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport. But Sunday night's false alarm may be thanks to a distinctly L.A.-based problem: an actor dressed up as Zorro in LAX.

Though airport officials have so far only confirmed the report of "loud noises" as the reason for the evacuation, LAPD also detained a man in the airport dressed as the fictional Spanish character Zorro. Videos show law enforcement surrounding the masked man, who can be heard shouting "It's a plastic sword!" as police descend upon him with their guns drawn.

The man dressed as Zorro later spoke with the local CBS2 news station, confirming that he was just an actor coming from an audition, and didn't have time to change out of his costume before making his flight.

But even though L.A. is teeming with fellow actors, LAX patrons were understandably less than thrilled about the masked man, many of whom blamed the actor for the delay (though some definitely found the incident amusing):

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It's safe to say that next time Zorro will be leaving his cape and sword at home.

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