Jersey Airport evacuated after smouldering cigarette triggers alarms

Passengers using Jersey Airport's departure terminal had to be evacuated when cigarette smoke triggered alarms.

Arriving flights were prevented from landing and some planes were held on the runway on Tuesday.

An investigation by the fire service found the cause was a cigarette which had not been put out properly.

Smoke from the cigarette outside the building entered cable ducts and spread throughout the terminal triggering the alarms.

The departures terminal was off limits for more than an hour while fire crews investigated.

Jersey Airport officials said measures would be taken to ensure designated smoking areas were well away from terminal entrances.

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