HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — Harrisburg officials have released new details after a July 4 fight just before the city’s fireworks display sparked fear and chaos.
Harrisburg Police Commissioner Thomas Carter confirmed on Monday night that a fight broke out between multiple juveniles near Front and Walnut Streets around 9:30 p.m. During the fight firecrackers were set off, leading those in the area to believe a shooting had occurred and someone yelling “gun.”
Carter said there were no shots fired during the incident and one juvenile was arrested for fighting with police. Due to the juvenile’s age, police aren’t releasing his name or what charges he is facing.
“Next thing you know, we hear somebody yell gun and it was like a whole like at least 200 people run up that way run up Front Street,” said Jay Reyes, who witnessed the chaos.
There were reports of missing children amidst the chaos, but officers say all children have been reunited with their families. Reyes and his friend Josiah Gray found a missing child.
“We found the kid all the way down and their parent was over here. And we were running for about a good five minutes. That’s why I’m sweating. And then we got them reunited with their parents,” Gray said.
“His father broke down in tears and the mother was crying. So we were like, don’t worry, we got it and we found the kids. He was with some other people that were looking for his parents and then we brought him down here,” Reyes added.
Mayor Wanda Williams was also briefly separated from three of her grandchildren during the chaos.
No significant injuries were reported from the incident and police are working to reunite residents with possessions left at the scene.
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“You gotta remember too, not everybody knows what’s going on so everyone’s going to run. So it could be teenagers messing around, it could be anything, you just run,” Gray said. “That’s the thing you have to do nowadays. You’re not going to really know what’s going on. It was very scary. Scariest thing I’ve ever witnessed.”
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