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Police: 3 stabbed, several trampled after Chicago fireworks at Navy Pier

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Posted at 7:36 AM, Jul 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-05 08:37:00-04

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on three stabbings and a stampede at the Navy Pier's annual fireworks show.(all times local):

7:20 a.m.

Chicago police are searching for two male suspects in a fight that led to panic and a stampede which injured more than a dozen people at the Navy Pier's annual fireworks show.

Police say two teenage boys and a man suffered non-life-threatening injuries when they were stabbed after a group of young males flashed gang signs at Thursday night's fireworks show that draws thousands of people to the Lake Michigan shoreline each year.

Police say panic ensued when someone threw what's believed to be firecrackers, creating a stampede. Chicago Police Spokesman Rocco Alito says 14 people were taken to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries after being trampled during the rush of people fleeing the scene.

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1:06 a.m.

More than a dozen people have been injured after Chicago police say a fight at the annual fireworks show caused panic at Navy Pier.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says three people were stabbed during the fight that followed the Fourth of July display, which draws thousands of people to the Lake Michigan shoreline each year. Guglielmi says 16 others were taken to hospitals after being trampled during the rush of people fleeing the scene.

The spokesman adds that initial reports of a shooting were inaccurate. It's unclear if anyone has been arrested.

Police are investigating.