Stampede after NYC Pridegoers ‘mistake fireworks for gunshots’


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A false alarm caused a stampede at an NYC Pride event in a New York City park after hundreds fled after mistaking the sounds of fireworks for gunfire.

A huge crowd of Pridegoers gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday, hours after the city’s Pride March fireworks, police said.

Videos on social media showed hundreds of people moving fast in multiple directions along adjacent streets after the sad scare.

But the NYPD tweeted shortly after the incident, “NO shots fired in Washington Square Park.

“After the investigation, it was determined that the sounds were fireworks set off at the location.”

Journalist Shannon Liao tweeted “Pridegoers were left with no choice but to flee on instinct or face being trampled on. Heartbreaking to see.”

No injuries after ‘heartbreaking’ gun scare

Thankfully, the NYPD later confirmed that the panic did not result in any serious injuries.

A day earlier, two people were killed in a shooting at a gay bar in Oslo, Norway, in an alleged act of terror.

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Planned Parenthood headed NYC Pride march

Hours earlier, the NYC Pride March drew a huge crowd to Manhattan’s streets on Sunday US time. It was the first in-person NYC Pride March since 2019.

US organisation Planned Parenthood headed this year’s march. This was in light of last week’s Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v Wade and allowing US states to restrict or ban abortion services.

NYC Pride organisers said the decision “overturning nearly five decades of protections and reproductive freedom is devastating.”

“This dangerous decision puts millions in harm’s way,” they said.

“It gives government control over our individual freedom to choose. And it sets a disturbing precedent that puts many other constitutional rights and freedoms in jeopardy.”

They added, “Pride was born of protest and will always be a space to fight injustice and discrimination.”

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1 Comment

  1. Friendly Neighbourhood Grammar Extremist
    29 June 2022
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    “punters”? Bit odd.

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