Paris Disneyland visitors flee in panic, police deployed as ‘false alarm’ triggers lockdown (VIDEOS)
Fears of a potential terrorist attack have put Disneyland Paris on a brief lockdown, with an elite tactical unit of the French National Police deployed to the scene, after a loud bang caused panic across the theme park.
Amid the confusion, visitors were reportedly being advised to take shelter inside restaurants, after panic began to spread near the train station and Disney village. Security forces quickly arrived at the scene, responding to rumors of an attack, to help evacuate visitors.
Our news reporter is currently under lock down at the rainforest cafe at Disney village, our other team member got evacuated through the kitchen at the steak house!
Something is going on at #disneylandparispic.twitter.com/K49weQJw9R
— dein-dlrp.de Disneyland Paris & Walt Disney World (@deindlrp) March 23, 2019
While authorities are still investigating what exactly happened, reports indicate that confusion spread following a loud noise that was heard coming from an escalator. Apparently the chaos was caused by a false alarm.
Several people were injured in the chaos and stampede, local news reports, adding that firefighters are still on-site, even though the lockdown was quickly lifted and people were being let back in to collect their belongings.
BREAKING: Technical problems with an elevator caused panic at Disneyland Paris. There is no threat. People are slowly being let back in. pic.twitter.com/4isbhcoleh
— Breaking News Global (@BreakingNAlerts) March 23, 2019
France continues to be on high alert, following a string of terror attacks in recent years, some of which occurred in popular tourist locations. In addition, the French police are working overtime to ensure security amid the statewide Yellow Vest protests, which took place again on Saturday, for the 19th week running.
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