Moscow mall evacuated after fire crackers prompt panic

Hundreds of customers were evacuated from an underground shopping mall next to Moscow's Kremlin on Thursday, after a pack of fire crackers went off, sparking fears of an attack, officials said. City police spokesman Viktor Biryukov said the fire crackers had hurt no one and caused no damage to the Okhotny Ryad shopping mall. But the sound, which rang out across the adjacent Red Square and the nearby Russian Parliament building, caused panic in the Russian capital, which has seen numerous terror attacks in the past.