Firecracker triggers panic, brief stampede in downtown Greenville

Noise mistaken for gunshot after 4th festival fireworks show

Roger Davis
July 05, 2018 - 12:23 am

A loud firecracker set off near the Main Street entrance to downtown Greenville's Falls Park triggered a brief panic Wedesday night about five minutes after the finale of the Red, White and Blue 4th of July Festival fireworks display.  Apparently mistaking the noise for a gunshot a crowd of frightened people, many of them screaming, jostled down the steps from Main Street toward the  bridge briefly threatening a dangerous stampede situation before finally calming down. 

There didn't appear to be any injuries, and apparently whoever threw the firecracker had vanished into the crowd at the height of the panic. There was one further disturbance in reaction to some people running along the sidewalk.  Greenville police later confirmed there was no firearm involved at any time.    

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