AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after fireworks were set off inside the Arndale Centre.

Police were called to the incident in Manchester city centre.

Greater Manchester Police said that no arrests have been made at this stage.

Their enquiries are ongoing.

It is understood that shoppers were evacuated from the shopping centre.

A number of "loud bangs" were heard.

Dozens of people have taken to social media following the incident.

Alex Hartley, from Saddleworth, who was shopping in Poundland at the time, posted: "I was there with my family and we heard something and everyone was shouting 'get out, get out' so it was fight or flight to get out running through the Arndale trying to get out. Frightening doesn’t even come close to how I feel.

"We just saw this stampede running past so I grabbed my mum and said we need to get out. We dropped everything and ran to the street."

Greater Manchester Police tweeted about the incident: "Earlier this afternoon (Wednesday 27 November 2019), we responded to an incident at the #Arndale Centre in Manchester city centre.

"Enquiries have since established that a number of fireworks were set off.

"No arrests have been made and enquiries are still ongoing."