CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The sprinkler system at Yeager Airport was back to normal by Wednesday afternoon after a malfunction Tuesday night caused a lot of water to be poured down on the airport’s baggage pick-up area.

Airport Manager Rick Atkinson said a maintenance worker accidently contacted one of the sprinklers, causing the head to go off and the system to activate.

Atkinson said it was just a matter of allowing the baggage claim carousal to dry out and then resetting the sprinkler system. That was done by Wednesday afternoon.

“Luckily it didn’t do any permanent damage. It was more of a clean-up,” Atkinson said. ‘If it would have been over in that (the reservation) area it would have probably shorted out all of those computers and that would have created a real mess.”

The malfunction happened just after a flight had arrived Tuesday night. Airline and airport workers brought the luggage by cart to the front of the airport for the last two flights of the night.


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