What prompted this panic on the Ben Franklin Parkway last night? More social media reports: Twitter, YouTube users report gunfire during “Welcome America” fireworks
Hundreds of people shared social media posts reporting gunfire and a human stampede on the Ben Franklin Parkway during Philadelphia’s Fourth of July fireworks Thursday night, although no shooting victims were reported.
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NBC 10 is now reporting that investigators say someone fired a BB gun into the crowd.
UPDATE: Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison says someone lit the firecracker and threw it to the ground, causing some people in the crowd to run, according to an Associated Press report, adding that Gillison says a couple of people fell to the ground.
Witnesses to the chaos last night are also responding to a Philadelphia Police Facebook post about children who were lost during the incident.
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