Times Square go to panic mode as bike motor exhaust confused with shots
On Times Square, the tourist attraction in New York, panic broke out last night (local time). Hundreds of people ran for their lives after hearing a loud bang. It turned out to be the exhaust of an engine.
Images appear on social media showing the running people.
Motorcycles backfiring trigger panic at Times Square in New York City; police confirm there is no active shooter pic.twitter.com/Gsqs3ysUNY
— BNO News (@BNONews) August 7, 2019
On Broadway, a show was definitely canceled because visitors ran into the theater to hide.
“We stopped our show tonight because of a popping engine exhaust that was mistaken for a bomb or a shooting. Screaming civilians ran into our theater to be safe,” writes actor Gideon Glick on Twitter.
The cast fled the stage.
The mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, has since responded to the unrest.
Times Square is safe and secure per @NYPDNews. The noises earlier were motorcycles backfiring, not gunshots.
But what people felt was all too real.
Nobody should have to live in constant fear of gun violence. This country is better than this.
Let’s FIX this NOW. https://t.co/5xPkw6TGnZ
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 7, 2019