One Direction fans caused such a scene at a recent preview of the group’s movie that police were forced to get involved.
Since the boys are one of the hottest pop acts on the planet right now, quite a few folks turned up to see a sneak preview of their flick This Is Us in Los Angeles over the weekend. The situation got so wild and crazy that police were soon dispatched to the scene.
According to authorities, fans started lining up at the Grove’s Pacific Theatres during the wee hours of Saturday morning. Many of the One Direction fanatics who turned up for the preview reportedly scored their tickets online.
However, the trouble apparently began when fans discovered there were still a few empty seats in the auditorium. Those who didn’t purchased tickets early rushed the theater in hopes of finding somewhere to sit.
Since the situation quickly spiraled out of control, officers from the Los Angeles Police Department were called out to keep the peace. According to some of the people who were at the theater for the One Direction movie preview, authorities had their work cut out for them.
“They charged and went straight past the ticket takers for the doors of the actual theater screaming, ‘Let us in! Let us in!’ It took about a half an hour before a police car came with two policemen in it. They started palming kids down and shoving them outside,” one mother told the Los Angeles Times.
Another witness said fans began pushing and tripping over themselves to get into the theater when they were told they wouldn’t be able to see the flick. The 16-year-old told the publication that the chaos was “pretty scary.” Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
The Los Angeles Police Department hasn’t commented on the situation as of this writing. However, chances are they’ll have plenty of officers on-hand during future One Direction events.