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Chaos in Times Square as people mistake motorcycle backfire for gunshots

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NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. (CNN) — People in New York’s Times Square briefly feared they were in the middle of a mass shooting incident.

On Tuesday night, confusion erupted near Seventh Avenue and 46th Street, according to WLNY.

The NYPD quickly tried to bring calm to the scene, tweeting that “motorcycles backfiring while passing through sound like gun shots.”

Police say they received numerous 9-1-1 calls during the chaos.

This comes days after nearly three-dozen people were killed in two separate shootings.

Some pedestrians got injured in a stampede, but none were life-threatening.

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