Dozens injured as fireworks prompt panic on French Riviera

PARIS (AP) " Authorities say fireworks in a French Riviera resort town appear to have prompted a panic that led to dozens of injuries as people scrambled to flee.

Residents are on edge around the country after a string of deadly attacks, including the Bastille Day truck rampage in Nice last month that killed 85 people after a fireworks show.

About 20 kilometers (12 miles) down the coast from Nice, loud sounds that apparently came from small-scale fireworks sent restaurant-goers fleeing in alarm Sunday.

The local administration reported Monday that about 40 people were injured in the melee.

Nice-Matin newspaper quoted witnesses who described confusion and fears of a new attack.

France has been under a state of emergency since Islamic extremist attacks in November killed 130 people.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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