Multiple injuries after fireworks set off during Dua Lipa concert in Toronto, police say

A packed crowd of Dua Lipa fans were given a shock when a number of unauthorized fireworks were set off near the end of her performance at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday night.

Videos taken during the singer’s final song show a number of fireworks exploding across the floor section near the sound booth. Fans can be seen running away as the projectiles went off.

Toronto police say three people were injured during the incident. They were seen by venue medics and none required any further medical attention.

It’s unclear how fireworks were able to be transported into the venue. Many concertgoers expressed concern on social media that attendees could have been seriously hurt.

“Something worse could have easily happened,” said Twitter user @yossariayv.

Others suggested the security checks before the concert may not have been thorough enough.

“The security last night for the premium gate barely checked any of the bags,” said another Twitter user. “They didn’t even look or touch mine or my friends.

“They just seemed so rushed.”

Police say there is currently no suspect information, but they are working with security at the arena to review video surveillance. 

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns and operates Scotiabank Arena, said it is helping police with the investigation.

“Creating a safe and secure venue for every attendee at Scotiabank Arena is MLSE’s top priority,” the organization said in an email statement provided to CBC News.

Lipa was thanking fans and dancing when the incident happened. A video posted to Twitter shows her looking startled the moment the fireworks were set off.

The concert was part of the pop singer’s much-anticipated Future Nostalgia Tour, which had been announced in 2019 to promote its namesake album and postponed numerous times due to COVID-19.

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