Global panic! Concert goers injured as scores run from phantom gunshot: police

At least seven people were hurt Saturday when a loud noise sparked a mass panic at a Central Park concert.

The Global Citizens Festival on the Great Lawn was in full swing about 7:30 p.m. Saturday when a security barrier fell and made a loud popping noise — a noise many thought was a gunshot.

Scores of people scrambled out of the concert area, pinning a handful of people against a fence.

“NYPD choppers in the air, scary situation,” tweeted one witness who goes by the handle Rakshak.

Coldplay's Chris Martin came on the stage to calm the crowd, according to NBC News.

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"Nobody is trying to hurt anybody," Martin said. "You're all safe, OK?"

Martin then brought up an NYPD captain to assure everyone that everything was fine before the concert resumed.

Police sources said the reported injuries were minor, and included cuts and scrapes, a twisted ankle and bruised ribs.

At least one concert goer suffered an asthma attack, sources said.

Everyone was treated at the scene.

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 29: (L-R) Chris Martin, Kerry Kennedy, Ismael Nazario, and Nancy Sicardo speak onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival: Be The Generation in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
Cardi B performs at the Global Citizen Festival concert in Central Park in New York City, New York, U.S., September 29, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
A fallen security barrier causes panic at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on September 29, 2018. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Shawn Mendes performs at the Global Citizen Festival concert in Central Park in New York City, New York, U.S., September 29, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
Janelle Monae performs during the Global Citizen Festival concert in Central Park in New York City, New York, U.S., September 29, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
People arrive for the Global Citizen Festival concert in Central Park in New York City, New York, U.S., September 29, 2018. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs
Stevie Wonder takes a knee with his son Kwame Wonder before performing at the 2017 Global Citizens Festival at Central Park in New York, U.S., September 23, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
(From L) Former Associate Director White House Office of Public Liaison Kal Penn, US actors Rachel Brosnahan and Robert De Niro speak onstage during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival: Be The Generation in Central Park on September 29, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Singer Andra Day performs during the 2017 Global Citizens Festival at Central Park in New York, U.S., September 23, 2017. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton
Demi Lovato performs at the Global Citizen Festival at Central Park in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
A fallen security barrier causes panic at the Global Citizen Festival in New York on September 29, 2018. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Yandel performs at the Global Citizen Festival at Central Park in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Actor Leonardo DiCaprio speaks on stage during the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in New York, September 26, 2015. REUTERS/John Taggart
People wave their hands in the air as TV host Stephen Colbert speaks on stage during the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in New York, September 26, 2015. REUTERS/John Taggart
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Roughly 60,000 people attended the festival; it was estimated that a small percentage ran off.

The lawn was not cleared out, officials said.

The Weekend, John Legend and Cardi B were all scheduled to take part in the Global Citizens Festival, according to the event website.

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