Skip to comments.Garden State Plaza Mall evacuated, gunshots feared as car is spotted on fire
Posted on 05/10/2014 7:47:27 PM PDT by windcliff
The Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus, N.J., was evacuated after unidentified noises feared to be gunshots were heard. A burning car outside Macys appeared to be the source of the explosive sounds, but police could not confirm that. Sources say SWAT teams were dispatched to the mall.
Workers and shoppers at a New Jersey mall scrambled for cover Saturday night as unidentified noises they feared were gunshots erupted.
A car on fire outside Macys at Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., appeared to be the source of the explosive sounds, but police could not confirm that.
The mall was being evacuated around 9 p.m.
It is pandemonium here, shopper Gregory Domino tweeted from the scene. At Garden State Plaza and just evacuated Macys 10 minutes ago due to reported gunshots (on) the floor above us.
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This can’t possibly be true. It’s illegal to carry a gun in NJ. /sarc
Prom gone wild!
Sounds like somebody may have gone postal.
Help is on the way!
From the title: burning car=gunshots.
Kinda like the ambush predator Amtrak train in CT that viciously snuck up on a victim the other day.
Now we have a car flipping out.
My bet: indeed it is car noises. Ever hear of backfiring? That or related to explosions leading to the fire.
Cue “Another Saturday Night” by Sam Cooke...
Tires popping. I have fought numerous car fires and it still gets my attention in spite of knowing what is about to happen.
Was it a Postal vehicle?
Does your car have psychiatric coverage? It could be mandated by Obama soon
Possibly a postal vehicle
My car has no mental health coverage, it might join a vehicle gang and do stuff like this.
( kidding aside, editors lately have been sub par at best. Deserving of cthulhu tickling their innards as a reward for creative drekking of the news..)
Garden state parkway 1993, watched a car fire get going real good.
The gas shocks that held the hood open went off, hood slammed shut, and the firemen had to pry it back open.
Then they got rewarded with bright white sparks from something other than battery in the engine compartment.
Same here. I always felt that the older tires made more of a popping sound. I was cutting a battery cable one time when the gas tank let loose taking the rear tires with it. Thought we had the interior knocked down but that little flame is a sneaky bastard.
How paranoid are the idiots in NJ that they hear a tire or something explode due to a car fire and think active shooter.
Ever see a car fire with magnesium....?
looks like 4th July om steroids....
Especially when hit it with water
VWs are loaded with
3 months ago at same mall had some druggie running through it shooting
Fortunately didn’t hit anybody - found him dead in store room later
By the way parked in same area about week ago when was at the mall
This was an early 90’s detroit product.
Don’t recall exact make.
I just remember the fire and fun.
Welcome to my world! Paramus is an affluent suburban mix of old and new-money democrats and that are typical NJ liberal bed-wetters. Anyone that’s been around an auto fire knows that when those tires go, it’s no different than standing next to the muzzle of a 45-70. STUPID. LIBERALS.
But, but, NJ has strict gun control laws, and most malls are “gun free zones.” I don’t get how that is possible.
The bright white sparks are from burning magnesium. Some air-cooled VW blocks were magnesium but I saw several mag fires on a mutual aid fire at a Chrysler dealer service department. The mount that held the steering column to the dash was magnesium.
You can squirt all the water in the world on it and it just keeps burning until it decides it is done.
There are special fire extinguishers called “class D” made for it, but it is so rare, no-one carries them unless they have a special need to.
I always love the semi tires when the 120 psi plus what ever it has heated to lets go.
It probably gives some of the onlookers a code brown!
The news article is incomplete.
So, did the swat team put out the fire or did they shoot the car ?