TERRIFIED shoppers fled Bluewater shopping centre after a fire alert at Nando's today sparked fears of a "bomb scare".
Panicked customers ran for the exits at the Kent shopping centre after hearing a "loud bang" coming from the restaurant.
But Bluewater confirmed a fire alert was sparked by a fault cooking appliance in Nando's.
Jenson Button was doing a book signing at Waterstones today but it is not clear if he was caught up in the drama.
Kent Police tweeted: "Fire alarm caused by cooking appliance in a food outlet. Please do not panic."
Twitter was sent into a frenzy after the evacuation with one person claiming to have heard someone shout "bomb" in the food court.
She explained: "Well that was the most terrifying experience of our lives!!
"Sitting with the kids in the food court at Bluewater when we hear the loudest bang, fire alarms start going off with an evacuation announcement over the tannoy system. The sheer panic on people’s face was awful!! Food thrown everywhere, shopping left everywhere, baby prams tipped over, people literally running away fearing for their lives, kids screaming & crying, bloody awful!!
"I have never seen my babies more scared in all their lives & pray they never have to feel like that again!! They were shaking & crying like crazy.
"And what was it that caused all this hysteria? A Nando’s oven.
"This is what our poor world has come to! A f***ing oven burning food, letting out a loud bang & lots of smoke making people feel like they’re in the middle of a terrorist attack!"
@Ellaurelle said: "One min I'm waiting for Josh in #Bluewater then I'm doing my best Mo Farah with a kid in each hand running with the crowd #Evacuated #Scary".
@MARJBARS wrote: "What the f*** is going on in Bluewater I can't stop crying can someone confirm something????"
@pporter2000 said: "The Bluewater incident was a false alarm. But we didn’t know that. Many people thought this was the real thing. Lots of people in tears".
While @vishnurajx said: "Lol I just ditched my KFC cos of a false fire alarm at #bluewater".
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