Just a day after a suicide bomber attacked an arena in Manchester, England, fans at an Atlanta Braves game were left shaken by what is being called a false alarm.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that during the third inning of Tuesday’s Braves-Pirates game, the scoreboard at SunTrust Park flashed an emergency message calling for fans to evacuate the building, accompanied by a loud alarm and flashing lights.
According to reports, an altercation between fans in a ballpark restaurant called the Chophouse triggered a malfunction that caused the alarm to go off.
In the fourth inning, a scoreboard message alerted fans to the “false alarm,” and that there was no cause for concerns. The SunTrust Park Twitter account also issued an update for fans.
The false alarm at SunTrust Park earlier was due to a malfunction. Everything is operating normally. We apologize for the inconvenience!— SunTrust Park (@SunTrustPark) May 24, 2017
Still, some fans were shaken up. From the Journal-Constitution:
“As someone who struggles with anxiety and has two young children at home, it did make me panic a bit,” Hayley Roberson of Woodstock said. “Several people around us stood up to leave, all kind of looking at each other to see if it was real. I just looked at my husband in confusion, not really sure what was going on. As soon as the alarm stopped, a Pirates batter took the plate and the game continued as normal. That is why I sent a tweet to both the Braves and the SunTrust Park Twitter accounts — I understand that accidents happen, but it should have been immediately addressed to the crowd."
Local police released a statement on the incident, saying “there was never a security issue or an evacuation of the park. There was a situation in the Chophouse, but it was quickly handled. Again, there is no public safety threat at this time.”