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Police find no evidence of shooting after rumors of gunfire at Canalside

Buffalo police are investigating unconfirmed reports of gunfire Monday night at Canalside, according to a department spokesman.

As of about 3 a.m., police had not recovered any shell casings, spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said in an email.

Thousands of people were along the downtown waterfront at Canalside for Monday night’s Fourth of July fireworks.

Rumors of a shooting swirled on Twitter, with some describing people running from the area.

There were two or three fights at Canalside around 11 p.m., including one involving four or five women, DeGeorge said.

Describing the incidents as “skirmishes,” police dispersed them quickly, he said.

There were no reports of arrests as of about 3 a.m.

The fireworks display, which was scheduled to begin at 10 p.m., was delayed about 40 minutes due to an electrical issue.

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