A free show in downtown Indianapolis where Doja Cat was scheduled to perform turned into a scary situation when a man made a bomb threat in order to jump the line to get in.
Fans were waiting for more than 12 hours on Saturday (January 8) to see the rapper and singer perform at Monument Circle ahead of the College Football Playoff national championship today (January 10).
Per the Indianapolis Star, an impatient man waiting in line told the people around him at around 5 p.m. that he had a bomb or explosive device in his backpack. The man, who had unrelated outstanding warrants and was arrested for those, is currently in custody.
When concert organizers announced the show late last year, they said gates would open at 5 p.m. and space would be first-come, first-served.
“A fan wanted to advance in line so he exercised very poor judgment and told those around him in line he had a bomb in his backpack,” Deputy Chief Joshua Barker told the publication. “Someone did the right thing and alerted IMPD. The backpack was clean.” The IMPD said the investigation into the bomb threat is still ongoing.
Doja Cat’s performance was slightly delayed as a result of the threat, and after a fight broke out over a pair of drumsticks she tossed into the crowd, she was forced to halt her band. “Listen, no fighting. I don’t want to see that, I don’t want to see that at all. I care about you, and it’s way too cold out here for that,” she told fans.
Doja Cat is nominated for eight awards at this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony, which has been postponed due to the Omicron variant of coronavirus currently surging in the US.