Twelve Injured in Stampede Over False Rumor of Energetic Shooter at Orlando Fourth of July Fireworks Celebration
A crowd of an estimated 100,000 gathered at Lake Eola Park in Orlando, Florida to look at town’s Independence Day fireworks show panicked and stampeded throughout the fireworks present over an unfounded rumor of an energetic shooter. Firecrackers reportedly set off within the crowd that have been mistaken for gunshots provoked the stampede, injuring twelve and separating households.
Display screen pictures from movies posted to Twitter present fireworks exploding over panicked crowd.
Movies from the scene:
RUMOR: Energetic shooter at Lake Eola in Orlando. Crowd began to flee shortly after fireworks started. pic.twitter.com/ip6yxXZdAD
— Michael Bier (@MichaelJBier) July 5, 2022
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Tons of of individuals at firework present at Lake Eola all of the sudden begin to flee down the road. Police speeding the opposite approach. Its unclear what has occurred. @fox35orlando pic.twitter.com/87GGDmTePD
— Connor Hansen FOX 35 (@Connor_R_Hansen) July 5, 2022
taking pictures at Lake Eola orlando . I hope all people is okay. 😢 #orlandoshooting #lakeeola pic.twitter.com/3B2zG0kuqA
— Athleats Diet (@weareathleats) July 5, 2022
WTF occurred at Lake Eola throughout the fireworks present? #Orlando #4thOfJuly pic.twitter.com/xt3mo5H7wV
— Patrick Nurse✊🏾⚔🖤💛⚔🏳️🌈 (@PatrickNurseFTW) July 5, 2022
Individuals operating away from @LakeEolaPark completely terrifying. That is the world we dwell in now. #lakeeola #shootingscare #orlando #downtownorlando pic.twitter.com/B3RQzDHVu5
— MC (@MattCummings_) July 5, 2022
Mother and father have been separated from their youngsters throughout the stampede.
The screams of this #mother broke my soul. I am hoping that she discovered her son. #Orlando #panic #July4th #chaosinorlando #florida #lakeeola @Telemundo @fox35orlando @news6wkmg @UnivisionNews pic.twitter.com/I99f43yEuJ
— Manuel Mons (@ManuelDMons) July 5, 2022
WKMG-TV reporters described their panicked (and morbid) response, hiding in a information van and placing a cellphone on video report for a ultimate report in case they didn’t make it.
Information 6 anchors Lisa and Ginger give their accounts of what occurred with video from Lake Eola. pic.twitter.com/foysToOOSU
— Bray (@bray_shanks) July 5, 2022
WKMG additionally reported twelve injured, “Somebody shot off fireworks in the course of a crowd watching the primary fireworks at Lake Eola in Orlando, spooked folks, set off a panic and a stampede. 12 injured, Orlando police say. YOU’RE AT A PROFESSIONAL FIREWORKS SHOW, WHY ARE YOU SHOOTING OFF FIREWORKS IN A CROWD?!?!?!?!”…That’s based on the deputy chief of Orlando police.”
That’s based on the deputy chief of Orlando police.
— Christie Zizo (@ChristieZizo) July 5, 2022
Orlando Police reported there was no shooter:
“IMPORTANT MESSAGE: To our neighborhood members now in Downtown Orlando, please know that there’s NO proof of a taking pictures within the space. Our officers are actually working to safe the realm. There’s NO public security hazard presently…Right now, it seems that a noise throughout the fireworks present confused some spectators, inflicting the response. No severe accidents have been reported. Solely minor accidents suffered by some spectators who fell throughout the commotion…FAMILIES AND LOVED ONES! If you happen to have been separated, you may make your strategy to our Household Reunification Designated Space at N. Rosalind Ave. & E. Robinson St. Unfold the Phrase…UPDATE: We’re completely satisfied to announce that each one households on the Household Reunification Middle at Rosalind & Robinson have been reunited! ** The LOST & FOUND AREA has been moved to the Lake Eola Parks Workplace at N. Eola Dr. & E. Washington St. Thanks for sharing!”
Right now, it seems that a noise throughout the fireworks present confused some spectators, inflicting the response. No severe accidents have been reported. Solely minor accidents suffered by some spectators who fell throughout the commotion.
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) July 5, 2022
UPDATE: We’re completely satisfied to announce that each one households on the Household Reunification Middle at Rosalind & Robinson have been reunited!
** The LOST & FOUND AREA has been moved to the Lake Eola Parks Workplace at N. Eola Dr. & E. Washington St.
Thanks for sharing!
— Orlando Police (@OrlandoPolice) July 5, 2022
Extra native protection:
#BREAKING: A crowd of greater than 100,000 folks at Orlando’s Lake Eola to look at fireworks acquired panicked by one thing and fled the park. Police say there was NOT a taking pictures https://t.co/UDhwiTtbDh pic.twitter.com/b7WGvqpVep
— Orlando Sentinel (@orlandosentinel) July 5, 2022
Another crowd video from fringe of Lake Eola captures gradual construct of panic and safety fencing overrun.
Lake Eola, Orlando FL
Not taking pictures, simply panic.#lakeeola #4thOfJuly #panic pic.twitter.com/ENjEVupc9A
— Davi M. Aragão (@dmaragao) July 5, 2022