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Flight delays persist at Newark airport after smoke in elevator shaft

Flight delays could persist into the evening at New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport after the control tower was evacuated for an hour due to a report of smoke in an elevator shaft.

Flights couldn't take off or head for the airport for an hour after smoke was reported at 12:44 p.m. Tuesday.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the tower was evacuated by 1:05 p.m. and controllers managed air traffic from an alternate site.

A "ground stop" was in effect for an hour, during which no flights were allowed to take off from or head to Newark.

Controllers returned to the tower at 2 p.m. However, the FAA says they're operating under a "ground delay" that limits the number of flights to safely manage arrivals and departures until 8 p.m.

Officials haven't determined what caused the smoke.

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