On Monday, when local media reported gunshots at the international airport in the Caribbean vacation city of Cancun.
The Mexican National Guard stated no shots were fired. No one was hurt, as far as anyone knows.
Social media videos showed travellers fleeing the airport after hearing gunshots, but officials later said they found no injured individuals or weapons.
Later, the National Guard tweeted that they had found no signs of gunfire inside the airport.
The article said, “Available evidence indicates that the sound may have been produced after a tourist accidently knocked down three billboards.”
This incident followed a string of security lapses in the state of Quintana Roo, where Cancun is located.
Which resulted in the deaths of several people, including a few tourists, over the course of a few months.
Terminal 3 operations at the airport’s hub were momentarily halted for passenger safety, according to a statement released by the airport.
Panicked Travelers Make a Mad Dash for the Exits at Cancún Airport
Fearful Passengers Flee Cancun Airport Authorities in the Mexican resort town eventually acknowledged that there were no guns fired inside the airport.
But that the ruckus likely started when someone knocked over a sign, prompting the frightened rush for the exits.
A statement from the airport claimed that Terminal 3 operations were paused for passenger safety reasons but had restarted shortly afterward.
The public security chief for the state of Quintana Roo, Lucio Hernández, tweeted that the police had received emergency calls of shots fired in the airport.
But that the calls had been false alarms caused by a large sign on wheels that had fallen to the ground.
‘The fall of this advertisement (sign on the street) level, situated inside terminal 3 of the Cancun airport.
Coincides with the moment in which people rush, likely due to the noise producing bewilderment among the users of the aerial terminal,’ Hernández stated.
At Cancun International Airport, an explosion in a luggage machine sent terrified passengers screaming and running for their lives.
According to eyewitnesses, a panicked mob tried to leave the airport immediately, leading to some persons being crushed.
Passengers who were not directly affected by the incident posted accounts of the panicked stampede to social media.