Panic sparked among Paris attacks mourners holding a vigil at the iconic Place de la Republique as they fled after reportedly mistaking firecrackers for gunfire on Sunday night.
The Telegraph reports that the collective panic was a ‘false alarm’ that was sparked by the explosion of some firecrackers nearby which cause the mourners to flee from the spot.
Some in the vicinity even dove for cover fearing gunfire and stayed low for several minutes.
A French security official said someone had reached out to police in the square out of panic, and when officers arrived with weapons drawn, the crowd dispersed in fear, as per reports
Meanwhile, panic broke out in a nearby Cambodian restaurant as well, which was one of the scenes of Paris attacks gunfire on Friday night.
Parisians have been coming out in strong numbers to protest and show their solidarity to the victims of the horrific 13/11 attacks.
Despite the governments order for people to ‘stay inside’ as much as possible, mourners have been gathering without fear in large number, chanting slogans, raising banners near iconic structures across France.
The world as well has come together in sending their support to Paris and has unitedly condemned the carnage that took place on Friday the 13th.