Oxford Street is Britain's busiest street, and black Friday is one of its busiest days. Nightmares seemed to be coming true this past Friday, November 24, when what sounded like gunshots sent the crowd running for cover. Many assumed the worst: a terror attack. Nearby buildings immediately flooded with pedestrians. Though authorities eventually declared the incident a false alarm, customers' fears were real as police told them to take cover and remain inside shops for their own safety.
We currently have a few tourists in our office who ran into our building. We all can’t leave the office at the moment. We’re all having beers / wine.— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) November 24, 2017
We’ve got a few kids in our office too so we’ve given them stickers and crayons. It’s ace.— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) November 24, 2017
In the Royal Society for Medicine opposite John Lewis, Oxford Street. Crowd run into lecture theatre, crying, saying there’s a shooting. Now locked. Police say gang incident involving automatic weapon; no confirmation of this.— James Morton (@bakingjames) November 24, 2017
When you run away from a suspected terror incident in Oxford Street, and then jump in a cab with strangers to get away fast, and they all go back to yours and you end up playing Mortal Combat on your recently purchased PS4 till they wait to be picked up. #BlackFriday pic.twitter.com/Y36NIQzjxr— David Mumeni (@DavidMumeni) November 24, 2017
They have let us out of our building now. What a weird hour.— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) November 24, 2017
Update: We are allowed to leave the building but the news team still have jokes about Olly Murs to make— Janine Gibson (@janinegibson) November 24, 2017