Dua Lipa ‘deeply sorry for anyone who was scared’ after unauthorized fireworks were set off at concert
Dua Lipa apologizes to fans after a spectator allegedly set off unauthorized fireworks at her concert in Toronto.
“Last night, unauthorized fireworks burst into the crowd during my set in Toronto,” the 26-year-old singer wrote in a statement to her Instagram Story on Thursday. “Creating a safe and inclusive space at my shows is always my first priority, and my team and I are just as shocked and confused by the events as you all are.”
“An investigation is ongoing into the ongoing events, and everyone involved is working hard to find out how this incident happened,” she continued. “Bringing this show to life for my fans has been such an amazing experience, and I’m deeply sorry to anyone who was scared, felt unsafe, or had their enjoyment of the show affected in any way. All my love, Dua.”
Police responded to Scotiabank Arena around 11.42pm on Wednesday amid reports that someone set off fireworks at the end of the show.
Three people suffered “very minor injuries” in the incident, the Toronto Police Service told PEOPLE.
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The pyrotechnics surprised the spectators.
“It was at the end, during his last song, and the confetti had already come out, so we thought it was part of the finale,” a participant told PEOPLE. “No one was disconcerted except the people in the pit, [but it was] damn scary.”
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Video of the incident shared on social media shows the fireworks display as Lipa spoke on stage and asked the crowd to applaud his dancers.
Fireworks are a prohibited item at Scotiabank, and the site’s website states that anyone in possession of them will be refused entry and the fireworks will be turned over to the police.
A spokesperson for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), which owns the arena, confirms that all fans go through metal detectors at the entrance.
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“Last night, at the end of a concert at Scotiabank Arena, unauthorized and illegal fireworks were launched onto the arena floor by a member of the public. As a result, three attendees were assisted minor at the scene and were able to go home without the need for further medical attention,” MLSE said in a statement. “As one of the leading sites in North America, creating a safe and secure place for every Scotiabank Arena attendee is MLSE’s top priority and we immediately began working in conjunction with the Toronto Police Service to fully investigate this reckless and dangerous act. As always, we thank the Toronto Police Services, on-site medical team, employees and concert-goers for their prompt support in responding to this incident. »
A rep for the singer did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
Lipa is currently on her Future Nostalgia Tour in support of her 2020 album of the same name, which spawned hits like “Levitating” and “Don’t Start Now.”