Two months after the Westfield Galleria in Roseville closed from a devastating fire, shoppers were again forced to evacuate Monday. This time, choral singers are to blame. The Sacramento Choral Society and Orchestra and several area congregations had prearranged a "flash mob" singing of the "Hallelujah Chorus" in the mall's food court. But with thousands of people crowding the second-floor food court, the "random act of musical kindness" never got off the ground. "It was so jammed with people that you could not even move," said Connie Santos, who hoped to enjoy the music, then shop. There were no reports of injuries as the mall was peacefully evacuated starting about 6:45 p.m. The mall was scheduled to close at 11 p.m.Despite announcements on the mall's intercom that the building would be evacuated, firefighters were required to escort stragglers outside. There's also a slideshow and a video in the sidebar at the link. The mall's public relations firm knew the plan days in advance and was ready to escort media outlets to prime viewing locations. Choral organizers drummed up support primarily through Twitter and other social networking sites.
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