Firecrackers cause mass panic at French resort, 40 injured

Crowds at the resort of Juan-les-Pins in southeastern France, between the cities of Nice and Cannes, have fled in fear of a terrorist attack after hearing what they believed to be gunshots, but officials say it was just fireworks.

The incident happened at around 10:30 p.m. local time on Sunday when a large number of people were going out in Juan-les-Pins, which is a major holiday destination on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The sounds of apparent firecrackers set off mass panic.

Police said fireworks are believed to have been thrown from a moving vehicle but they emphasized that there had not been a terrorist attack. People have also been urged to stop calling the emergency line unless it's an actual emergency, as emergency services have been flooded with calls.

Witnesses said some people suffered injuries as terrified people rushed out of restaurants and other venues in the area. More than 40 people suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene, according to the local newspaper Nice-Matin.

Other details are not yet available, but France remains on high alert after a series of terrorist attacks over the last two years, killing hundreds of people. Most recently, a truck crashed into crowds in Nice, killing 85 people and injuring hundreds more.

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