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December 21, 2010

Choral singers cause mall evacuation

Sacramento Bee (CA):

Two months after the Westfield Galleria in Roseville closed from a devastating fire, shoppers were again forced to evacuate Monday. This time, choral singers are to blame. The Sacramento Choral Society and several area congregations had prearranged a "flash mob" singing of the "Hallelujah Chorus" in the mall's food court. But with thousands of people crowding the second-floor food court, the "random act of musical kindness" never got off the ground.

"It was so jammed with people that you could not even move," said Connie Santos, who hoped to enjoy the music, then shop. There were no reports of injuries as the mall was peacefully evacuated starting about 6:45 p.m. The mall was scheduled to close at 11 p.m.

"Somebody reported hearing two pops that sounded like the floor was giving way and another said the floor was shifting," said Tom Dodaro, a Roseville Fire Department spokesman.

Choral flash mobs have been sweeping the country. On Sunday, at least 450 people burst into the "Hallelujah Chorus" at a Kansas City shopping center. Others, often singing the "Hallelujah Chorus" as well, have broken out in cities worldwide, including last weekend in stores andmalls and airports in Dallas, Orlando and Sioux Falls, S.D.

Santos said she arrived at the food court early to listen to a friend from church sing. With so many people "wedged in there," she could tell something wasn't right. "The floor was bouncing a little too much. I heard a few people say it seemed like an earthquake," she said. Read more.

Posted by acapnews at December 21, 2010 12:00 AM


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