Brief panic as blanks fired during Cannes TV show

From left, Daniel Auteuil, Naomi Kawase, Lynne Ramsay, Steven Spielberg, Nicole Kidman, Cristian Mungiu, Ang Lee and Vidya Balan attend the opening ceremony and premiere of "The Great Gatsby" during the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 15, 2013, in Cannes, France. Pascal Le Segretainge/Getty Images

CANNES, France A live outdoor television broadcast from the Cannes Film Festival was briefly interrupted Friday when what sounded like gunshots sent crew and spectators scurrying for cover.

Actors Christoph Waltz and Daniel Auteuil were among guests being interviewed on the Canal Plus program "Le Grand Journal" when what sounded like gunfire rang out.

Television footage showed Auteuil and Academy Award winner Waltz — a member of the Cannes festival jury — scrambling from the seaside stage with dozens of others as a voice said "there's someone shooting."

When transmission resumed minutes later, host Michel Denisot said the noise had been caused by blanks. There were no reports of injuries.

Photographs showed a man being wrestled to the ground by police near the stage beside Cannes' seafront promenade, the Croisette.

Local newspaper Nice-Matin reported that a man was detained by police with a starter's pistol, a pocket knife and a plastic grenade.

Police could not immediately be reached for comment.

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