As reported by New York Post, chaos erupted in Times Square on Tuesday night as people stormed out of the area when a backfiring motorcycle was mistaken for gunshots.
The false alarm took place around 10 p.m. as a loud boom sent tourists darting into restaurants and theaters, disrupting a performance of “To Kill a Mockingbird” at the Shubert Theatre on 44th Street near 7th Avenue.
The NYPD was quick to quell the fears, sending out a tweet explaining the false alarm.
“There is no #ActiveShooter in #TimesSquare,” the department’s Midtown North precinct tweeted at 10:09 p.m.
“We are receiving multiple 911 calls. Please don’t panic. The Times Square area is very safe!”
Nine people were hurt, and seven were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injures, an FDNY spokesman said.