SWEETWATER, FLA. (WSVN) - Police responded to Dolphin Mall after, officials said, someone pulled the fire alarm in the food court, creating a brief panic among Black Friday shoppers.

Sweetwater Police officers responded to a disturbance call at the mall, just after 6 p.m.

Shoppers took to social media to describe a chaotic scene, saying dozens of shoppers fled the premises.

But shortly after 6:30 p.m., mall officials said the source of the pandemonium was that someone had pulled the fire alarm at the food court.

Police said the situation was diffused a short time later. Mall operations have returned to normal.

Please check back on WSVN.com and 7News for more details on this developing story.

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