It turns out the frightening sound wasn't gunshots after all, but the fear was very real.
After what happened in Las Vegas it doesn’t take much to cause chaos. What caused the panic was a false alarm. But the fear was real. Crowd thought sound of falling barrier was gunshots. Caused stampede. 60K at #GlobalCitizenFestival2018 in Central Park. courtesy @teddyanson95 pic.twitter.com/K9yDQ60cK5— CeFaan Kim (@CeFaanKim) September 30, 2018
"I heard 'boom boom boom' like that sound like a gunshot and that's when everyone whooshed. Everyone started huddling, and going down. And everyone started freaking out. And then I heard it again like 'boom boom' and that's when everyone started freaking out," said Annabelle Smart.
Police say the cause of the mortifying fear was the sound of a police barrier that fell.
The crowd feared the worst.
"Just a mob of people started running. It felt like a war zone. It was insane, and then people were just running and there were security guards telling us to duck down," Teddy Dumont said.
No gunshots were fired.
Most of the injuries were minor.
The show continued after a brief interruption, but many people left, in no mood to return.