More than 1,500 people were injured in a piazza in Turing, Italy, when panic swept through a crowd of Juventus fans watching their team take on Real Madrid in the Champions League final, authorities said Sunday.
Italian authorities said that the crowd “was taken by panic and by the psychosis of a terror attack.” The crowd, hearing a loud noise, was scared that it was caused by attackers. The source of the loud noise remains unclear. Italian media has speculated it may have been a firecracker.
The noise scared thousands of Juventus fans gathered in Piazza San Carlo to watch the match being played in Cardiff, Wales, on giant TV screens. Many fans were trampled fleeing the piazza as they ran away from the noise.
Most of those who were injured were treated for cuts and light contusions. However, officials said that three people, including a young boy, were in serious condition.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)