911 calls capture confusion after skydivers mistaken for plane crash

911 calls capture confusion after skydivers mistaken for plane crash (Image 1)
911 calls capture confusion after skydivers mistaken for plane crash (Image 1)

News 2 obtained the 911 tapes capturing the concern and confusion over the strange lights, which turned out to be night skydivers, over Bellevue and West Nashville earlier this week.  

Some people mistook the skydivers on Monday as a plane crash and called 911.

The skydivers, who were performing for a child abuse awareness event, were wearing pyrotechnic devices on their legs.

According to the 911 tapes the dispatcher is heard asking one caller the exact location of the emergency with the caller responding, “I’m looking at John C. Tune Airport and I just saw a flame falling from the sky.”

The caller was one of many saying they saw an alarming image around 8 p.m. and didn’t know exactly what it was.

“It looked like a flaming ball,” said one caller.

“The sky was all lit up and it looked like it broke up into two pieces,” said another.

Many of the callers assumed the worst and mistook the skydivers as a plane crash.
 
“It looks like we witnessed a plane fall from the sky,” said a caller.

“[It] looked like an airplane just went over here was on fire,” added another.  

The bright lights and flames were part of a performance.  

The skydivers shot video about 12,000 feet in the air. The cameras were attached to the skydivers wearing pyrotechnic devices on their legs.

Authorities said officials with the FAA gave the skydivers permission but firefighters were never notified so they responded only to find out it was a false alarm.

Firefighters said they would have liked a notification about the performance but it’s not required.
 
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