The Los Angeles premiere of “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw” had to be halted when electrical sparks started flying within the Dolby Theater in Hollywood.
According to Variety, witnesses at the premiere report that about 30 minutes into the premiere screening sparks began shooting out of an electrical grid at the front of the theatre, creating “flashes and loud popping sounds.”
The sparks then began moving upward from the floor toward a block of seats, creating panic in the theatre when a number of guests fled the building; although no evacuation order had been called, the guests’ hasty exits created confusion and panic.
Associated Press film writer Lindsey Bahr took to Twitter to report the sparks were caused when someone “apparently spilled water on an electrical outlet.”
Los Angeles Times reporter Jen Yamato tweeted that the film’s director, David Leitch, told the crowd that “someone spilled liquid onto an electrical outlet,” adding, “I saw those sparks and I will say that was a not very fun way to amp up the adrenaline.”
The issue was quickly addressed and the movie resumed about 30 minutes later, with star Dwayne Johnson addressing the audience from the stage.
As Variety reports, Johnson let the crowd know he was “waiting in the wings to make sure the crowd was safe” while taking a joking shot at his “Hobbs & Shaw” co-star.
“Hobbs & Shaw” opens on Aug. 2.