Watch the chaos erupt on the Lake Eola fireworks present in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – At least 12 people were injured in one scare shot on Monday night at the 4th of July celebration in Lake Eola in Orlando, police said.

Pedestrians attending Fireworks at the Fountain, the city’s annual Independence Day celebration, began scrambling shortly after the fireworks began around 9:45 p.m.

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Orlando police said they believe someone threw firecrackers or some other type of fireworks at the crowd and the noise was mistaken for gunfire. Police said there was no evidence that shots were fired.

About a dozen people were injured in a stampede, which was captured on video. Parkers began to flee, seeking shelter, and some even jumped into Lake Eola to escape the obvious danger.


“This whole (area) is full of people stomping on people. We have been trampled. We were pinned to the ground,” one woman said.

“We see people running and people just starting to run. I do not know. It’s scary,” one man told News 6 host Matt Austin as the fireworks display continued.

“I did not know what had happened. All I know is I’m not trying to die, so we just try to leave as quickly as possible,” another woman said.

No arrests have been made, but Orlando police are seeking more information about the scare, saying, “Our officers remain at Lake Eola in an effort to confirm what led to the incident. confusion (Monday night) during the fireworks show. Your help is needed! If you have been in this area approx. 9:50 p.m., (call) our non-emergency line, 321-235-5300, or Crimeline. “

OPD Deputy Director Eric Smith said the department does not believe there was an active gunman at the July 4 fireworks display in Lake Eola, where crowds can be seen fleeing.

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