Broward County

Fireworks set off at Sawgrass Mills spark shooting scare, lockdown

The entrance at Sawgrass Mills.
The entrance at Sawgrass Mills. El Nuevo Herald File

Rumors of gunfire inside Sawgrass Mills raced through social media faster than a speeding bullet Sunday. The mall was put on lockdown around 5 p.m. as patrons scurried out or hid inside stores.

But Sunrise police say the sounds were just “fireworks released inside the mall property.”

The mall reopened after a short lockdown. This makes it the fourth South Florida mall — Dolphin Mall, Aventura Mall, Westland Mall, and now Sawgrass Mills — that’s dealt with a false alarm of an active shooter this year.

Police said they are investigating the fireworks incident.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal