It was unclear Saturday night at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., whether people were hearing gunshots or the noise from a burning car.

In either case, the mall was placed on lockdown.

It’s sounding less and less like an active shooter situation.

Then again …

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Update: reports:

Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera said a car fire reported around 8 p.m. near Macy’s caused the sounds initially reported to be gunshots. The windshield, tires or airbag popping likely prompted the calls of a shooting, he said.

“It appears there was some confusion with the car fire,” LaBarbiera said after responding to the shopping center.

Twitchy will update this post as more details become available.

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