Panicked mourners flee Paris’ Place de la Republique after mistaking fireworks for gunfire, police say

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French police said crowds of panicked mourners fled Paris’ iconic Place de la Republique after mistaking firecrackers for gunfire on Sunday evening.

A French security official said someone had reached out to police in the plaza out of panic, and when officers arrived with weapons drawn, the crowd dispersed in fear.

Video from the plaza shows dozens of people screaming and running, some trampling the flowers and candles set up as tribute to the victims of Friday’s attacks in the city.

The BBC reported that police declared the area was “all clear.”

Close by, panic broke out near a small Cambodian restaurant and a bar that were the scenes of shooting on Friday night and police were seen running with guns drawn.

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Kamil Zihnioglu / Associated PressKamil Zihnioglu / Associated PressFrench police officers take position on Place de la Republique on Sunday.

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