Chi-Town Shutdown: FAA Fire Grounds Chicago Flights

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CHICAGO, IL — A fire in Chicago means travelers throughout the country stranded.

And one man’s fiery fury caused the shutdown, literally. Officials say an angry worker set the fires at an FAA radar center in Aurora near Chicago, stopping flights to an d from both of Chicago’s airports.

“There is no terrorist act,” said Aurora PD Chief Greg Thomas.

The facility was evacuated and more than 700 flights were cancelled at O’Hare Airport. More than 150 cancelled at Midway.

“I’m frustrated, but, what can I do?” said stranded traveler  Sardou Mertilus. “It’s not like I can drive to Miami. I have to be in line.”

Cops say the guy who sparked the fires was found in the basement with a self-inflicted wound. Investigators think he tried to kill himself.

This is causing a ripple effect of problems everywhere in the country, including DFW.

Some flights were finally able to take off and land early Friday morning, but no word yet on when everything will be completely back to normal.

Guess traffic jams aren’t just for the roads.