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Easter egg hunt turns bloody as parents rush in ‘like locusts’ and steal candy

Easter egg hunt turns bloody as parents rush in ‘like locusts’ and steal candy

Published on Mar 27, 2016

Children as young as four were trampled by adults in a rampage to steal buckets and grab as many of the 9,000 hidden eggs as possible from the third annual free event at the PEZ headquarters.

Easter egg hunt turns bloody

0:00join tonight a morning Easter egg hunt turn into pandemonium at the Penn center
0:04and orange several thousand people turning up for the free event
0:07overwhelming the company employees and many in attendance thanks for joining us
0:12at 11:09 Kevin Hogan channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter mark Robins
0:15joins us live now in orange with that story to be marked well good evening
0:22Kevin this was the third annual Easter egg hunt sponsored by the PES company
0:26they knew this was a growing event they never dreamed that something that was
0:30becoming wildly popular would become so wild the field adjacent to the PES
0:36visitors center was the site of the Holiday Easter egg hunt it was free to
0:40the public and throughout the week leading up to it it was attracting a lot
0:44of attention on the PES Facebook page
0:47these pictures show how the massive crowd was building the event was
0:51supposed to take place in three stages broken down into age groups youngest
0:56kids first 12 year olds the oldest group but parents didn’t pay much attention to
1:01procedure in fact reports say a lot of adults didn’t stand still when it came
1:07time for like 1030 let the parents just bum rush the areas we started talking to
1:12folks have a you know this is supposed to start a directed time that we’ve
1:16we’ve posted let’s wait will give a whistle will give the signal to start
1:20this and that lasted about a minute and then folks just rushed the field and
1:24took everything to my son left a broken basque and was hysterically crying the
1:29Pens general manager and his staff tried to regain order but things quickly
1:34spiraled out of control there’s like locusts just descended and left it left
1:39pairs with a lot of disappointed children the company then set up a
1:43backup plan giving out free stuff but for many the Lions went too long and the
1:49mood wasn’t right to take my kids somewhere where now I feel like you’re
1:53not putting their safety as you know in any way shape or form it’s unfortunate
1:57people left disappointed that certainly never
1:59the goal with that is supposed to be a fun free activity and we did our best
2:04unfortunately just fell a little short now there were no reports of any
2:11injuries in fact orange police were not called to the scene the police did speak
2:16with PES company management after the event was offered reporting live in the
2:20mobile newsroom in orange mark roberts channel 3 Eyewitness News

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