Panic at Paris vigil after sick firecrackers prank
Mass panic broke out at Place de la Republique two days
after 132 people were killed and several hundred wounded
Sick pranksters let off firecrackers causing mass panic
and confusion as hundreds of people gathered at a vigil in
Families were paying tribute to the 132 victims with a
moving gathering at Place de la Republique when
screams broke out and a stampede of mourners fled the
Live news broadcast shows dozens of people running
away from the scene in terror as people reported hearing
In less than one minute the square was emptied as people
while broken glass lay around on the ground.
But officials said the panic had been sparked by people
hearing firecrackers and confirmed there had not been
As rumours of a false alarm spread people began
returning to the square.
Many of those inside Bataclan on Friday night initially
believed firecrackers had been set off when gunfire rang
out in the concert hall.
People on Twitter have voiced their disgust for anyone
who may have set off firecrackers following the events of
Tifini Kamars wrote: “It’s way too soon to be playing
around with fire crackers.”