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Global Citizen Festival Barrier Collapses, Causing Panic and Injuries in “Near-Stampede”

The Global Citizen Festival took place Saturday night in New York’s Central Park and during the festival, a barrier collapsed, causing widespread panic and confusion. As the New York Times reports, attendees mistook the sound created by the falling barrier for gunshots, causing a “near-stampede” in some areas as concert goers ran for cover, jumping fences and trampling people in the process. In the midst of the chaos, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin joined the NYPD Assistant Chief Kathleen O’Reilly on stage to assure the crowd that there were no gunshots.

“Nobody is trying to hurt anybody, you’re all safe,” Martin said. “There were no shots fired,” O’Reilly later added. The Global Citizen Twitter account later wrote that “everyone is safe,” and that the festival would continue as planned. They later added that an unspecified number of people were injured by the barrier collapse. No deaths have yet been reported.