A barrier collapse at Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York City, yesterday, September 29th caused mass panic and confusion among festival attendants.
Fans thought the barrier collapse was “gun-shot-like noises,” resulting in many rushing towards the exit in panic.
The ensuing panic quickly halted the event amid fears for the safety of the 60,000 festival-goers attending the event as people were received injuries during the charge with some witnesses at the event describing the scene as “stampede-like.”
— Allen Devlin (@allendevlin_) September 29, 2018
A fence falling at the Global Citizen Festival made people think there was a shooting and people started to freak out. It's so sad that we are so conditioned to mass shootings that something like a fence falling can cause mass panic and chaos at a charity festival.
— Azya (@Azthecutest) September 29, 2018
NYPD: A fence barrier collapsed at #GlobalCitizen Festival; there were no shots fired.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 29, 2018
Scary moment at the #GlobalCitizen Festival in NYC, live on @MSNBC: A fence barrier collapsed, the noise was startling, some attendees thought it sounded like gunshots, and there was a stampede. MSNBC cut to commercial, then came back and explained what happened. pic.twitter.com/SumPbM6GC5
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) September 30, 2018
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