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NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A small electrical fire in the control tower cause minor flight delays at New Orleans' airport Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Aircraft within 50 miles were allowed to land but about two dozen flights were delayed, said Michelle Duffourc, spokeswoman for Louis Armstrong International Airport.

The tower and radar room were evacuated, but the fire was put out quickly, Duffourc said.

Air traffic control in Houston handled traffic in New Orleans and kept delays to a minimum, Federal Aviation Administration spokesman John Clabes said. The New Orleans tower was out of operation for about a half hour.

The airport never closed and there were no major delays and no diversions, Clabes said.