Terrified families were forced to run for cover as a flare fell into a Christmas carol show, packed with a crowd of thousands, in Perth’s north.
The flare burst into flames when it landed on Heathridge Park, just centimetres from scrambling families, during the True North Church’s Christmas carols show on Sunday night.
A Church spokesman said the flare was fired from outside the park, shortly after the carols’ fireworks display finished, at about 9.25pm.
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“A patron instantly emptied the contents of his Esky, ice, which immediately extinguished the flare,” the spokesman said.
“SES attended the site immediately and confirmed that the flare had been fully extinguished.”
It was “not possible to identify” where the flare was launched from, according to the spokesman.
No injuries have been reported from the chaotic ordeal.
One witness told The West Australian concert goers initially believed the flare was a genuine distress signal.
“We thought someone was distressed at the time, only to realise it was a sickening joke,” they said.
“It came from what appeared to be inland, it went over the oval, narrowly missing a woman.
“There were firefighters already there, which I believe were volunteers, who were already manning the fireworks show.”
WA Police said the incident had not been reported to them.