NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A stampede triggered by a false alarm brought Saturday night’s Global Citizen Festival in Central Park to a sudden stop.

Thousands of people went running to get out of the park when concert goers thought they heard gunshots at the crowded event.

The NYPD has confirmed that the loud noise was actually a barrier near the stage that fell over. Police rushed onto the stage to urge concert goers to remain calm and inform them it was only a fence that fell.

The chaos broke out on the park’s Great Lawn around 7:30 p.m.

Global Citizen Festival in Central Park. (Credit: CBS2)

Some social media accounts reported there were people yelling someone had a gun and to get out. Several people reportedly suffered non-life threatening injuries in the commotion.

Upwards of 60,000 people have attended the festival in the past, as many of the tickets are free. Global Citizens is a movement to end extreme poverty by 2030 featuring several big-name performers.

Saturday’s event featured Cardi B, John Legend, and Janet Jackson. The festival was paused as police did crowd control however, it did resume after order was restored.

Comments (18)
  1. I have lost a green and white checkered wallet yesterday. It had all my Identification cards and important information. Please if you locate it. Contact me asap. It is an emergency. I have tried calling the Precinct several times, but there’s no help.

  2. Ray Dodd says:

    With the exception of Isbrew, can’t ad anything to this fine bunch of comments!

  3. Sandy Lindstrom says:

    any concert that has coldplay in it is not worth going to anyway….

  4. Scotty Gunn says:

    Behaved like the sheep that they are.

  5. Matthew A Crawford says:

    Its what they get for being Filthy Globalist

  6. Ronald Roman says:

    BTW, tomorrow it’s the one year anniversary of Las Vegas shooting. So. WHAT happened there? Or what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Wait, not even those in Vegas know anything…

  7. Mike Burns says:

    S N O W F L A K E S !

  8. Sandy Johnson says:

    Cardi B, John Legend, and Janet Jackson going to donate their fortunes for those less fortunate souls?
    Of course not.

  9. Eric Saferstein says:

    I wonder if anything could go wrong in the future. Hint: Everyone has a cell phone. (Artificially Generated Stampede Awareness Foundation)

  10. Mike Welldriller says:

    Clown convention.

  11. Thomas Austin says:

    (” Global Citizen Festival “) Why can’t these people understand that the only way to end poverty is through an education or training in some useful trade or study and working at a job. Welfare and handouts do not end poverty. They increase it. These concerts are stupid. They do nothing but make some rich white lady feel like they have done a social service.

    1. “But I went to a concert! I made a DIFFERENCE.” #virtuesignalling

  12. Ha ha! A bunch of chubby sheep, stampeding to end hunger. I wonder if anyone of them realize, that it is they that are on the menu? Only sheep get hurt in a sheep stampeded.

  13. Mike Hohenstein says:

    Run cowards , So much for women & children first….. “” FREE Chicken & Newports”” They would trample their own mother ~~ Sad Mo fuggies..

  14. Ed Ware says:

    snowflake convention

  15. lsbrew says:

    Stonewall, you want to drop a small Utah community on central park? BTW, I seriously doubt you are who you claim to be and your Con flag, your MAGA, and your fascist rhetoric doesn’t disguise your true purpose that is to move the conversation leftward with your fake hate. Nice try, not not buying it. (However it did appear to be raining snowflakes in central park last night.)

    1. Ben Chappell says:

      Despite the obvious trolling, MOAB is not a reference to the town in Utah, it’s an acronym for Mother Of All Bombs, which is the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the US arsenal.

  16. The event seems like an opportune time to drop a MOAB on the crowd.
    Vaporize the germs, cull the herd.
    Win / Win.

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