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May 18, 2013 at 10:32am IST

Shots fired at Cannes Film Festival, actors flee for cover

Cannes: And it appears to have been a crime spree in Cannes after an unidentified person fired two shots into the air during the live broadcast of a TV show. Cannes Film Festival jury members including Christoph Waltz and Daniel Auteuil who were being interviewed had to run for cover. The Police have managed to arrest the man at the scene. The suspect was found carrying a dummy grenade and a knife.

"The bodyguards jumped over the barriers into the crowd and pulled him to the ground. The police arrived and told everyone to run because there was a grenade in his hand," witness Arthur Laiguesse told Reuters.

"It really appears to be a crazy guy," said a police source.

After the man was taken away, the show's producers told the crowd the program would continue: "The show must go on." Waltz, who has won two best supporting actor Oscars for "Django Unchained" and "Inglourious Basterds", and Auteuil, both of whom are serving on the Cannes jury, returned to the set.

The shooting was the second security incident on day three of the 12-day festival, the world's largest cinema showcase that attracts thousands of actors, directors, film executives, journalists and fans.

Earlier, Chopard Jewellery worth $ 1.4 million, intended to adorn movie stars, had been stolen from a room at the Suite Novotel hotel overnight on Thursday. But Chopard said the value had been exaggerated and the items were not for actresses to use, declining to give further details.

(With Additional Information From Reuters)