Bluewater shoppers flee in terror amid shouts of 'bomb, bomb' in scary false alarm

Bluewater shoppers flee in terror amid shouts of 'bomb, bomb' in scary false alarm

PANICKED shoppers flew from a busy shopping center today after a BOMB scare triggered widespread alarm.

The stampede starts at the Bluewater Shopping Center in Kent.

  Panic spread across the Bluewater Shopping Center in Kent today when a loud bang triggered widespread alarm

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Panic spread across the Bluewater Shopping Center in Kent today when a loud bang triggered widespread alarm

Hundreds of people were seen running and screaming against the exits as the false sense of emergency spread, with some people hearing shouting "bomb, bomb" as they ran.

Videos of the fleeing frenzy so stoked fears online as families were seen running hand-in-hand for the exits with an alarm blaring out during the panic.

Many shoppers had no idea what to do behind the melee, instead of being swept up by the public hysteria.

Eleanor Perkins, who was there during the alarm, told KentOnline: "It was just a feeling of sheer panic.

"Out of nowhere people just started shouting 'run', 'go' and followed.

  This is what the caption says: 'Omg a huge bang in Bluewater and we've all gone out of the food court, I just helped a woman carry one of her babies'

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This is what the caption says: 'Omg a huge bang in Bluewater and we've all gone out of the food court, I just helped a woman carry one of her babies'
  It later emerged that the sound was over

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It later emerged that the sound was over
  People outside the center in the park after fleeing this afternoon

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People outside the center in the park after fleeing this afternoon
  The Bluewater Shopping Center is the fifth-largest in the UK with 330 different stores

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The Bluewater Shopping Center is the fifth-largest in the UK with 330 different stores

"It was manic."

Images shared on social media showed crowds of people standing outside in the park after fleeing in the mass confusion.

But staff at Bluewater later reassured shoppers by clarifying the situation through the Bluewater Twitter account.

They wrote: "A false alarm has come over the noise of a menu board falling over in the wintergarden earlier this afternoon.

"Bluewater remains open as usual."

People replying to the call for calm said that the situation inside the center was one of complete terror.

One wrote: "It was crazy! I was outside M & S [with hundreds] of people running towards us.

"I picked my daughter up and ran into the park." Loads of people followed.

"Glad it was a false alarm." The wife is a bit shaken. "

The alarm at Bluewater is evacuated to the second mass panic to unfold in the UK this week after a terror scare was sparked at Sony's London headquarters.

Armed police rushed to the incident, which later emerged to be a fight between two kitchen workers.


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