‘Too realistic’ bus explosion movie stunt terrifies Londoners (VIDEO)
Londoners feared a terrorist attack when a double-decker bus apparently exploded in central London. However, it was just a stunt for a new movie. Pictures of the artificial blast instigated lively discussions online.
The actual reason for the ‘blast’ was a movie-in-the-making, “The Foreigner”, staring Jackie Chan. But some people who saw the bus explode with their own eyes either live or online expressed horror, thinking terrorism was to blame.
@willoliphant— Bob Smith (@Schmiffy12) February 7, 2016
What's this? Nothing on MSN as far as I can see. Terrorism??
PS I was freaked too. Looked very real— Sophie Kinsella (@KinsellaSophie) February 7, 2016
The incident reminded others of the 2005 terror attacks in London.
If you're filming a London bus blowing up and tweeting it out, SAY IT'S FAKE. Some of us lived through 7/7 waiting to see who'd died.— failnaut (@failnaut) February 7, 2016
A number of people blamed the film crew and authorities for not giving the general public a heads-up.
Hey film types next time you blow up a bus on Lambeth Bridge maybe tell us first so children in park aren't freaked? pic.twitter.com/8Ui6YoE9N0— Sophie Kinsella (@KinsellaSophie) February 7, 2016
However, others pointed out that there had indeed been a notice about the event.
The Marine Policing Unit in London also posted a prior warning.
Don't be concerned if you hear or see explosions on Lambeth Bridge today, filming is taking place including loud special effects.— MPSonthewater (@MPSonthewater) February 7, 2016
Other posts were more positive with users saying there was no reason to be scared as it was obvious it was being done for a movie.
Personally find the outrage of the Lambeth Bridge thing hilarious, quite obvious it was for filming— Jess (@Allmmurr) February 7, 2016
Some argued with the above point of view, saying that hiring loudspeakers or marshals would have eliminated fears. They insisted that explicit indication that the explosion was a fake was required from anyone spreading the video online.
@KinsellaSophie A few loudspeaker warnings too might have avoided too many people being freaked out!— HughSykes (@HughSykes) February 7, 2016
'If you see anything suspicious....'
The Marine Policing Unit said that Lambeth Bridge where the explosion took place was temporary closed.