'Chaos' as sprinklers set off at Edinburgh Airport after accidental fire alarm

The sprinklers were set off in the Departure Lounge.

Friday, 3rd January 2020, 10:12 am
Updated Friday, 3rd January 2020, 10:37 am
The fire alarm went off accidentally this morning.

Parts of Edinburgh Airport were brought to a standstill this morning as an accidental fire alarm caused sprinklers to be set off in the Departure Lounge.

The incident was a 'false alarm', and on-site fire service personnel clarified that there was no risk to safety.

Cleaning teams were rushed to the area to clean up after the sprinklers.

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The alarm was set off at 9.08am and teams were stood down at 9.40am.

Edinburgh Airport tweeted: "A fire alarm set off accidentally has caused a section of our sprinkler system in Departures to activate.

"Teams are on site to clean-up. Please be aware your journey through the airport may be a little longer than usual.

"Thank you for your patience and understanding."

Passengers took to social media to complain of 'chaos' in the wake of the false alarm.

"Fire alarms just stopped at #EdinburghAirport. Chaos here. Even the bag drop is not working," one user wrote.

"What a mess, I need to catch a flight and it looks like it’s not going to happen any time soon. #EdinburghAirport never fails to disappoint. Why is it always chaotic and archaic," another added.

"The entire airport brought to a standstill while we await the arrival of fire services from somewhere or other," another user wrote.