Rattled shoppers at an Atlanta grocery store had to abandon their carts and flee after someone ignited a indoor fireworks display, causing some to fear a shooter was inside the building.
Someone ignited the display inside the Publix store on the city's south side about 5 p.m. Thursday, setting off the sprinkler system and causing everyone inside to be evacuated.
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"People heard the fireworks going off and some people thought it was an active shooter," Sgt. Cortez Stafford said Friday. "With all those fireworks going off, it put off a lot of smoke and almost immediately filled up the store."
No one suffered serious injuries, but one woman was taken to a hospital with minor injuries, Stafford said. "She was more shaken up than anything," he said.
A photo from the fire department showed a massive pile of charred fireworks in one of the aisles. The display, about 3 feet to 4 feet high, included sparklers and a variety of other fireworks.
The blaze activated a sprinkler head above the display, which put out most of the fire. Fire crews then doused hot spots, Stafford said.
"The Publix employees did a really good job getting people out of the store to the best of their ability - kudos to them," he said.
A group of teenagers is suspected of setting off the fireworks, fire officials said.
Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com