A fallen light fixture at a US shopping mall sent people running for cover and prompted false reports of gunshots, police confirmed, according to local media reports.
Tysons Corner Center mall, which is located just outside Washington D.C., went into lockdown as Fairfax County Police investigated the area in response to a shooting report at around 3:00 p.m. local time on Sunday.
Residents were advised to avoid the area as officers worked to clear the mall of any threats.
A video circulating on social media showed people running out of the mall in a frenzy of panic, thinking a shooting had taken place.
The incident prompted evacuations, the second in just two months.
The shopping center was evacuated on June 18 after gunshots were fired during a fight. While nobody was injured in the shooting, three people sustained minor injuries during evacuation and were promptly treated in nearby hospitals, according to a report by the Associated Press.
The June 18 shooting happened on a second-floor walkway and investigators found evidence consistent with gunfire and shell casings.