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Flash Mob Forces Evacuation Of Roseville Mall

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Crowds packed the Roseville Galleria on Monday, December 20, 2010. (Kyle Dahl)

Crowds packed the Roseville Galleria on Monday, December 20, 2010. (Kyle Dahl)

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ROSEVILLE (CBS 5 / AP) — Fire officials say the Roseville Galleria mall was evacuated Monday night after nearly 5,000 holiday revelers showed up for a “flash mob” organized by a local choral society.

Roseville Fire Inspector Tom Dodaro told a Sacramento TV station that the spontaneous holiday musical performance drew a huge crowd.

Officials say there were reports of the floor and foundation moving and creaking near the food court, which spurred the evacuation.

Flash mobs are groups of singers or dancers whose surprise performances in public places are often recorded and posted online.

The group Monday was there to sing Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” in an event organized by the Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra.

The evacuation was orderly, and the singers planned to sing outside the mall.

(© 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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