“There is no danger to passengers or employees,” airport officials said in a short statement on Twitter. “An investigation is ongoing, more information will be published on this channel.”
An Atlanta police spokesperson told CNN no injuries had been reported as a result of the incident.
“There was an accidental discharge of a firearm near the main security checkpoint,” Atlanta police Sgt. Jarius Daugherty said. “Officers are working to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident.”
A ground stop was called for the airport for all departing flights, per the Federal Aviation Administration.
Airport officials did not specify the type of weapon that was discharged.