Five people were taken to hospital overnight after a pre-Christmas balloon drop at a Sydney shopping centre went awry.
Police say a number of people were knocked over and injured when the crowd surged as the prize-filled balloons dropped from the ceiling during Westfield Parramatta’s “mega balloon drop” at midnight.
“They were at that location to grab balloons as they were released and apparently the balloons had small gifts inside,” a New South Wales police spokeswoman said.
“Once they were released into the air, the crowd rushed to the balloons and a number of people were knocked over and injured.”
Paramedics treated 12 shoppers at the scene and five people were taken to hospital, according to NSW Ambulance.
“Three of the transported patients had more serious issues including traumatic chest injuries, neck and back pain as well as nausea and dizziness,” Inspector Phil Templeman said.
“It is incredibly lucky that no one was more seriously injured.”
Westfield had been promoting the balloon drop as part of a 33-hour non-stop shop.
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