Crowds spending Christmas night at Downtown Disney stampeded to safety after false reports of a shooting.
A reported altercation at a restaurant led some to believe that shots had been fired — a rumor quickly dispelled by the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Nevertheless, in the moment, crowds panicked and ran for their lives.
Apparently there was a shooting somewhere in Downtown Disney, saw people running but nothing else.— dave (@dave)1451097945.0
Being at downtown Disney and people running towards you screaming "some one is shooting run" is scary. Cops were everywhere— KingAriel (@AJ_0822) December 26, 2015
There has been an incident at @DisneySprings. People started running and shoving us. It seems it was a shooting. So scary!— My Disney Adventures (@My Disney Adventures)1451099079.0
A man identified as Dave on Twitter recounted the experience and said he overheard a Disney employee explain the incident started when someone "thought they heard something."
Just overheard a Disney CM tell another that "nothing happened, someone just thought they heard something" at Downtown Disney— dave (@dave)1451098296.0
Unique experience tonight of being in a very crowded place when someone thought they heard gunfire. Turns out nothing happened (1/2)— dave (@dave)1451099241.0
People were terrified. We were locked in a restaurant, no info from anyone, people crying. Panic is justified in the country we live in.— dave (@dave)1451099329.0
A representative for Walt Disney World could not be immediately reached by TheBlaze for comment.
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