Saturday 1 October 2016

Watch: Terrified fans flee Paris fan zone after mistaking fireworks for bomb explosion

Published 03/07/2016 | 15:46

A Paris fan zone
A Paris fan zone

Thousands of supporters who had gathered to watch the Euro 2016 quarter final between Italy and Germany fled a Paris fan zone in panic after mistaking fireworks for a bomb explosion.

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Although there has been no real suspicion of terrorist activity in France since the beginning of the European Championships, last year’s attacks in Pairs have understandably left an indelible mark on the country.

With crowds of fans attending one of the many fan zones to enjoy Germany’s subsequent victory over Italy in an open air setting, celebratory fireworks were detonated and those in attendance feared the worst, as the footage below shows.

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