CPD investigating whether charges should be filed after Polaris false alarm

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Columbus Police are investigating whether there was intent to cause chaos and whether an inducing panic charge is appropriate after a bottle of nitrogen exploding led Polaris Mall shoppers to think a gunman was inside the mall firing shots on Mother’s Day.

The incident happened Sunday afternoon around 3:30 p.m. 

To some, it sounded like an explosion but most thought it was a gunshot. 

For the next 15-minutes, mall goers were certain the sound came from a gunman who hadd opened fire. 

“Everybody froze. Everybody’s eyes went toward the hallway of the mall and then I kept my head up and saw this one girl and I saw her walking towards the boom and at that point, everybody was running. Running. Like it was bad. Serious.” said shopper Connie Dapolito. 

The police report indicates an employee of a kiosk on the first floor called “Nitro Pufff”  somehow allowed a container of Nitrogen to explode. 

Police are still working to determine whether a charge of inducing panic is warranted. 

Columbus Police say two people needed medical assistance for minor issues. 

One had minor injuries after falling while trying to get out of the mall. 

Another complained of issues with their pacemaker afterward and is being examined by a local hospital. 

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