Multiple injuries after fireworks set off at Dua Lipa concert in Toronto, police say

A packed crowd of Dua Lipa fans were shocked when a number of unauthorized fireworks were set off towards the end of her performance at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night.

Videos taken during the singer’s last song show a number of fireworks exploding on the floor section near the sound booth. Fans can be seen running away as the projectiles exploded.

Toronto police say three people were injured in the incident. They were seen by site doctors and none required further medical attention.

It is unclear how the fireworks were transported to the venue. Many spectators expressed their concern on social media that the participants could have been seriously injured.

“Something worse could have easily happened,” said Twitter user @yossariayv.

Others suggested the pre-concert security checks may not have been thorough enough.

“Security last night for the premium gate barely checked any of the bags,” another Twitter user said. “They didn’t even look or touch mine or my friends.

“They seemed so rushed.”

The video shows the surprised singer

Police say there is currently no information on the suspects, but they are working with arena security to review CCTV.

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns and operates Scotiabank Arena, said it was assisting police with the investigation.

“Creating a safe and secure place for every attendee at Scotiabank Arena is MLSE’s top priority,” the organization said in a statement emailed to CBC News.

Lipa was thanking the fans and dancing when the incident happened. A video posted on Twitter shows her surprised at the moment the fireworks were set off.

The concert was part of the pop singer’s highly anticipated Future Nostalgia Tour, which was announced in 2019 to promote her namesake album and repeatedly postponed due to COVID-19.

Mayor John Tory says he wants to see prison sentences for the perpetrators and hopes someone from the public with information will come forward.

“Somebody setting off fireworks in a crowded arena, where people said it looked like gunfire – think of the reaction that might have had in terms of people being trampled to death,” a- he said at a press conference.

Toronto Police Chief James Ramer said he was relieved that no one was injured, but added that the perpetrators would be charged when arrested.

“We will do everything we can to identify who was involved.”

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