We’re living in an era of fear and paranoia, and incidents like this don't help us relax. A stunt for a new Jackie Chan movie over the weekend triggered panic and widespread criticism amongst Londoners, with everyone who witnessed it temporarily convinced that they’d just seen a terrorist attack.
— James Kelly (@james_tweet1) February 7, 2016
A double-decker bus was blown up on Lambeth Bridge yesterday, as movie people filmed scenes for The Foreigner, starring Chan and Pierce Brosnan. Though the bridge had been shut, and locals were warned about the stunt beforehand, the size of the explosion caused many to fear the worst, bringing up memories of the July 7th 2005 bombings.
Twitter appears to have essentially saved the day, with the social network being used by the movie’s producers to confirm that the explosion was all for show. Unfortunately, as Conservative MP Nigel Huddleston, who saw the action unfold live, alluded to, not everybody’s actually on Twitter. [SkyNews, Metro]