Incident with injured people at an Australian mall, caused by Christmas balloons


An agitated crowd of people was produced by a Christmas balloon drop at Westfield Parramatta in Sydney.

There were balloons with prizes during a 33 hours of nonstop shop at the mall. However, elderly people and children were in the area in not a safe position. Police say a number of people were knocked over and injured. Paramedics treated 12 shoppers at the scene and five people were taken to hospital. “Three of the transported patients had more serious issues including traumatic chest injuries, neck and back pain as well as nausea and dizziness,” Insp Phil Templeman said in a statement on Tuesday. No one was more seriously injured. Shopping center owner Scentre Group said their team acted swiftly to support customers, contact emergency services and make the area safe.

Balloons drop moment

Westfield Parramatta is a shopping centre in Parramatta, a suburb within the Greater Sydney Metropolitan area. It has 5 levels of retail and 9 levels of car parking spread across 5 city blocks. It’s one of the largest markets for shopping centres in Australia, and its 28.7 million customer visits per annum makes it Australia’s busiest Westfield shopping center. It serves a large resident and worker population.


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