The collapse of a police barrier sent thousands of people fleeing in a panic in Central Park, afraid of possible gunshots at a politically-charged show.

Festival goers watch a performance during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Big-name personalities from Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Republican Sen. Jeff Flake to Janet Jackson and John Legend urged spectators to get involved in the nation’s troubled politics.

Jeff Flake, R- Ariz., left , and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del, stand together as they address festival participants during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Actor and co-host Forest Whitaker, left, watches during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Authorities quickly assured the crowd they were safe after the barrier fell Saturday evening.

Jeff Flake, R- Ariz., left , and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del, stand together as they address festival participants during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Burning social justice issues dominated the event that started on a sunny afternoon.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., stand together as they address festival participants during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Sen. Jeff Flake, R- Ariz., left, and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., stand together as they address festival participants during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

About 60,000 people filled the park’s Great Lawn for the Global Citizen Festival, also awaiting Cardi B, The Weeknd and other pop stars.

Nikolai Astrup, Norway’s Minister of International Development, speaks during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

Some speakers asked the audience to call their Congress members to react to this week’s Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Source: The Associated Press

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