Panic at festival in Central Park New York: sound of falling fencing resembles gunshots | Abroad | News

Evan Agostini/Invision/AP New York police try to calm the crowd.

In Central Park in New York, panic briefly erupted among thousands of spectators when a cordon toppled. The sound of the falling fence reminded some of the attendees of gunfire, after which they ran en masse.

About 60,000 people had gathered around eight in the evening on the large field for the World Citizen Festival. There, politicians and musicians performed to talk about the troubling political climate in the US. Suddenly, a police line fell over that was intended to contain the crowd. That the fear of mass shootings is in many Americans is evident from the panic that broke out.

Chris Martin, the Coldplay lead singer performing at the time, tried to calm the crowd from the stage. The police rushed to the stage to make it clear to those present that nothing was wrong and that everyone was safe, but by then some spectators had already overrun. No one was injured, according to the New York fire department.

An NBC producer tweeted: “Almost trampled. Having to hold your wife tight in the middle of the field because people everywhere are running away in panic is not my favorite activity.

A woman who was overrun is taken away injured.
Evan Agostini/Invision/AP A woman who was overrun is taken away injured.

Evan Agostini/Invision/AP


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