‘People were getting trampled’: Hundreds run from Lake Eola fireworks show after ‘noise’ scare

ORLANDO, Fla. — Hundreds of people ran away from the Lake Eola fireworks show after people started talking about a shooting.


Orlando police said there is no evidence of any gunfire.

Witnesses told Channel 9 they thought they heard gunshots. Others said it was likely the sound of fireworks coming from another direction.

Whatever it was was enough to cause mass hysteria.

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Witnesses told Channel 9 that the event had just started when a crowd began making a run for it.

“We saw this man in front of us get up and start running so we did,” a person said.

Witnesses shared their footage with us from the ground and from balconies.

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Orlando police said people were hurt but we don’t know how many.

“People were getting trampled. People just kept running,” a person told Channel 9.

Police said there were no gunshots fired at the event.

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Investigators said that they think the incident started next to the bandshell or Pine Street.

Anyone with information about what started the chaos is asked to call the police.

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Q Mccray

Q McCray, WFTV.com

Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.

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