The stories of those who saw what happened Tuesday during a bomb hoax at Jacksonville International Airport are surreal.
Roger Glover, the River City Music Man, watched it all unfold.
"That was very peculiar. I'm playing music and said, 'Well, something is going on. Just, something -- maybe someone is a little upset, irate at something," Glover said. "And then suddenly TSA is telling everyone we must evacuate the courtyard."
Larry Davis was also in the courtyard shining shoes.
"I seen a bunch of people coming from the gate area, just a crowd full of people just running," he said. "I hear a lady scream, 'It's a bomb. I think somebody has a gun.' Next thing I know, I just took off running down this way."
They were directed to the parking garage, where everyone packed in, and then suddenly, next to Glover, TSA tackled a man.
"It was really like being in the movies," Glover said. "It was so sudden and so quick and so efficient. It was totally off guard. It was just like, 'Wow.'"
The incident caused delays and cancellations across the nation. Amelia Gaillard was coming back from Los Angeles and was laid over in Houston so long that she ended up spending the night there.
"And my son was ironically trying to fly back into Jacksonville because he couldn't work in Virginia because of the government shutdown, so he was stuck on the tarmac here and I was stuck in Houston," Gaillard said. "But it all worked out just fine."
Sylvia Young and Melissa Reitan returned to JIA on Wednesday to pick up their luggage. They, too, were stuck on the tarmac for hours, and it was Young's second time ever flying.
"It's amazing how your day changes in a blink," Young said. "It was very unbelievable, very scary and very unbelievable."
"We could've been in the airport at the same time when something could have exploded, so that was very scary," Reitan said.
Thankfully, everyone involved was OK. Planes are flying again and bags have been returned. And passengers are grateful to be safe and back home.
"Life is short. You better just enjoy it. Don't worry about it," Gaillard said. "So there was no bomb. Why would anyone worry? Little layover's nothing."