A fence collapsing and injuring concertgoers were was mistaken for gunshots at today’s Global Citizen Festival at Central Park in New York City today. As reported by The Associated Press and other news outlets, the collapse of a police barrier sent thousands of spectators fleeing in panic at the celebrity filed event featuring pop music stars and political figures and activists.
About 60,000 people had filled the park’s Great Lawn for the eight-hour festival. They listened to big-name personalities from Democratic who all urged spectators to get involved in the nation’s troubled politics. Metallica headlined the event in 2016.
Thank you to all the Global Citizens who took action and joined us today. Our thoughts are with those who were injured or afraid after the barrier fell earlier this evening. We're grateful for the first responders who ensured everyone's safety and enabled the festival to go on. pic.twitter.com/K03VEpP8FJ
— Global Citizen (@GlblCtzn) September 30, 2018
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 29, 2018
Re-entry to @GlblCtzn allowed with ticket or wristband till 9pm. Lost & Found has been set up at the southern end of the Great Lawn, near the Delacorte Theater. Thank you everyone for your cooperation. #GlobalCitizensFestival #GlobalCitizen pic.twitter.com/1pLSfNpZoM
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) September 30, 2018