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Florida Mall Patrons Flee As Popping Balloons Trigger Shooting Fears

Photo courtesy The Florida Mall
Photo courtesy The Florida Mall

The Florida Mall is open after false reports Thursday of a shooting.

An Orange County Fire Rescue spokeswoman says a fire suppression test was underway when some balloons popped, triggering fears of gunfire.

Some people were injured as they fled. Seven people were treated at the scene, and three were transported to hospitals.

Amy Green covered the environment for WMFE until 2023. Her work included the 2020 podcast DRAINED.