Panic in Times Square as people run for their lives when motorbike backfires

 New York City police have said the noise of a motorcycle backfiring caused a panic and sent people scrambling in Times Square.

The department tweeted: ‘There is no #ActiveShooter in #TimesSquare.
Motorcycles backfiring while passing through sounded like gun shots.’
The tweet also said the department had received multiple emergency calls, and urged the public to not panic, saying: ‘The Times Square area is very safe!’ The Midtown Manhattan area is a major tourist destination and entertainment centre. PIX11 reports that some people on Twitter thought the noise was an explosion and that many people ran into buildings and stores.
The scare comes after 31 people were killed in two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in less than 24 hours over the weekend.


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