Orlando Authorities said a crowd of hundreds turned to chaos at the Florida Mall, all over new basketball shoes.
Police in riot gear and horseback were called to the mall late Thursday night to handle the crowd of people anxiously waiting to get their hands on an expensive, limited edition pair of sneakers.
Witnesses said there were about 1,200 people waiting outside Foot Locker for the release of the Nike Air Foamposite One Galaxy, a galactic-themed sneaker designed in part as a nod to Florida’s space industry.
The shoes feature a colorful, starry design resembling a nebula in deep space. They even glow in the dark.
Officials said Foot Locker only had about 200 pairs of the new sneakers, and were prepared to start selling them at 11 p.m. Thursday.
But police said a crowd quickly formed outside the store more hours earlier. So officers asked everyone to wait across the street.
Then, around 9:45 p.m., police said one person made a run toward the store, and the rest of the crowd quickly followed, resulting in what some called “absolute chaos.”
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