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Monday, 5 November 2018

Stampede: Jittery Shoppers Sprint For The Exits Amid Shouts Of 'Bomb, Bomb!' After Collapsing SIGN Sparks Terrifying Shopping Centre Panic

The noise led to a stampede as people abandoned their food and made for the exit
Hundreds of terrified shoppers ran screaming from a packed shopping centre this afternoon after a bomb scare. 

There were scenes of chaos at Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent after a menu display board fell down in the dining area, sparking cries of 'bomb.'

People were heard shouting 'run' before hoards of people made for the emergency exit in a state of panic.

The menu board toppled over in the Winter Garden dining area around 2pm this afternoon.

It led to a stampede as people abandoned their food and made for the exit. 


Eyewitnesses reported seeing children in tears and people claiming to have 'heard gunshots' or a firework within the centre.  

Isobel Morrice wrote on Twitter: 'Just ran for my life out of Bluewater cause people were running and screaming towards the exits. No idea what was going on.'   


Simon Dominic Hibbs added: 'My wife just called from #bluewater, heading to our car and mentioned something about shooting. Everyone be safe, but be careful. Could be a mistake, fireworks are a thing right now. Please don't take unnecessary risks. More people can be hurt by the panic than the incident.' 
George James Sellick tweeted: 'False alarm or not. Having hundreds of people running towards you panicking and screaming was extremely terrifying! Thank goodness it was just not real! #Bluewater #StayAlert'
Panic in Bluewater shopping centre as falling screen makes loud bang


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Shoppers outside Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent, after a menu board toppled over in the Winter Garden dining area around 2pm this afternoon
Shoppers outside Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent, after a menu board toppled over in the Winter Garden dining area around 2pm this afternoon
The noise led to a stampede as people abandoned their food and made for the exit
The noise led to a stampede as people abandoned their food and made for the exit
Eyewitnesses reported seeing children in tears and people claiming to have 'heard gun shots' or a firework within the centre
Eyewitnesses reported seeing children in tears and people claiming to have 'heard gun shots' or a firework within the centre
People abandoned their food and fled the food court, heading for the exit after the loud bang
People abandoned their food and fled the food court, heading for the exit after the loud bang
Jittery shoppers head for the exists after the 'loud bang' at Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent today. Eyewitnesses reported seeing children in tears and people claiming to have 'heard gun shots' or a firework within the centre
Jittery shoppers head for the exists after the 'loud bang' at Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent today. Eyewitnesses reported seeing children in tears and people claiming to have 'heard gun shots' or a firework within the centre
Another Twitter user said: 'Bluewater was just crazy. People screaming and shouting at everyone to get out. People trampling on others to get out of doors. Get away from the building.'
A police spokesperson told Kent Live there was 'nothing to worry about' and the centre has now reopened as normal. 
Bluewater later tweeted: 'A false alarm was caused by the noise of a menu board falling over in the Wintergarden earlier this afternoon.

'Bluewater remains open as usual.' 
Via - Dailymail

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