The eagerness to be "America's Next Top Model" topped with a situation exaggerated resulted in a pandemonium. The audition of the reality show at Park Central New York hotel in Manhattan on Saturday, March 14 turned out to be a mayhem when somebody said the word "bomb".
The CW held an audition for the 13th season at the New York hotel and hopefuls had been queuing since a night before. The crowd was queuing in a fenced line on the sidewalk of W. 55th St. when a car stopped due to overheating. Somebody suddenly yelled "There's a bomb" when smoke started coming off the vehicle and people began panicking. They ran in every direction away from the car, causing stampede and injuries to several people.
A model hopeful named Jessica Paravati described to WNYW-TV, "It was pretty scary." As a result, a total of six people were hurt with two of them requiring immediate medical attention at a hospital. The authorities also initiated an arrest of two women and a man, named Michael Edwards, 24; Vanessa Quinones, 20; and Clem Clemmons, 40, who were thought of disorderly conduct and inciting the riot. No other cause has been reported by the authorities.
A number of clothes, heels, sleeping bags and other litters were found on the scene after the audition was shut down by the authorities. It was said to be improperly organized. The CW and rep of the show, meanwhile, have not returned any calls yet. The official site however, still lists other cities such as Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles for auditions.
Frenzy happening in front of the New York hotel: