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Ever since the Las Vegas tragedy, many people have been especially skittish about attending concerts or sporting events and being part of a large crowd. Those fears escalated last week when an emergency alarm sounded at Florida Georgia Line’s Oct. 12 show at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in Florida, causing a delay in the concert.

Staffers from local TV station CBS 47 “Action News Jax” reported that, “The band sprinted offstage and the lights came on,” when the alarm triggered. Many fans exited the building, and one fan interviewed by the station called the situation “terrifying.”

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According to information released by SMG, which manages the venue, “At 9:43 p.m., an alarm in the upper level of the arena detected smoke, triggering the fire alarm system which activated the automated voice evacuation messaging inside the arena. Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, along with Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office were on site and responded immediately to the alarm along with personnel from SMG.”

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Thankfully, after a thorough investigation, officials determined there was no fire threat. The culprit was smoke from the concert pyrotechnics that activated the alarm. When the building was deemed safe, the alarm was deactivated, and after a 20-minute delay, concertgoers returned to their revelry. The show resumed and the duo delivered their complete set for the appreciative crowd.

Nervous concertgoers got quite the scare at a recent Florida Georgia Line show Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic
Deborah Evans Price believes everyone has a story to tell and, as a journalist, she considers it a great privilege to share those stories with the world. Winner of the CMA’s 2013 Media Achievement Award, Deborah contributes to Redbook, Billboard, People, Live Happy, First for Women and Simple Grace, among others.
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