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Cops: Loud bang during mall brawls was falling sign, not gun

December 27, 2018

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say several fights and a falling sign that sounded like a gunshot sent shoppers running for the exits at one of New York state’s largest malls.

Police in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga says officers responded to reports of three separate fights at the Walden Galleria starting around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Several stores went into lockdown procedures and closed their doors after the fights broke out.

Officers say running teenagers knocked over a metal sign, producing a loud bang that sounded like gunfire. Police took to Twitter to tell the public that reports of gunfire were false.

No injuries were reported, but police say two people were arrested.

Police remained on the scene until the mall closed later Wednesday night.

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