Car Fire and Explosion Sparks Panic at NJ Mall

Chaos erupts at the Garden State Plaza Mall when a vehicle explodes.
2:09 | 05/11/14

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We turn now to chaos at a huge New Jersey mall Saturday. A car fire and explosion shocked shoppers. This just months after a gunman walked into the same mall and opened fire. Marci good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, bianna. Just hours before mother's day, this mall was packed with last-minute shoppers. When they heard a loud nouz and smelled smoke so many of them panicked. Chaos at the mall. Overnight, reports of gunshots sending shoppers at garden state plaza running, hiding in bath rooms. Unsure what to do. It sounded like a small explosion. I could hear people screaming. I get out and see people running. Reporter: Police armed with assault rifles evacuating the mall and searching. Realizing the noise and smoke was not from gunshots but instead from this. A car engulfed in flames, abandoned by its driver in the mall parking lot. There was all this smoke, we ran out of the car. Smoke started entering the mall there. At some point, we seefd a call, people said they heard a loud noise, possible shots in that area of the mall. Nobody saw any gunman. Reporter: The reaction from shoppers? Then I see hundreds of people rung and creaming. A sign so many are still on edge. Just six months after 20-year-old Richard shoup walked through the same plaza firing a semi-automatic weapon before turning it on himself. People were running. We heard three, four shootings. Reporter: Overnight, police still taking no chances. Spending hours combing through shops and departicipant stores before giving the all clear. And police say nothing suspicious was found. A few people were hurt running out. Those injuries are not serious. Justifiably jumpy. New evidence in the hot air

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