WEST VALLEY CITY (ABC4 News) – West Valley City Police Department reported a false alarm at Valley Fair Mall Tuesday evening.
Police said there was a performance going on at the mall, and during the performance, a sign fell making a loud noise which “some feared was a gunshot.”
Police said people panicked and ran into stores to hide.
Serena Vilas Boas, a 9th at American Preparatory Academy, recorded cell phone video of the panic in response to the loud noise.
“When you have a situation that could be potentially be something as terrible as an active shooter situation, it’s kind of all hands on deck. It didn’t take us too long to figure out that this was not what people thought it was. That this was sort of a false alarm,” said WVCPD Public Information Officer Roxeanne Vainuku.
Valley Fair Mall management asked police officers to clear the mall of all patrons because they decided to close the mall early for the evening.
Officers on the scene asked people to leave mall property including the parking lot.
Police later said a “few skirmishes” that took place during the panic and evacuation led to a few arrests, but no injuries were reported.
The Megaplex movie theater that is part of Valley Fair Mall reopened later in the night. Management tells said customers can use their tickets from today at the Valley Fair location or any other Megaplex theater.
ABC News reported a similar situation in Times Square Tuesday night. Panic erupted after a motorcycle backfired and caused fears over a possible active shooter.
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