Cops identify man who set off fireworks at Dua Lipa concert

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TORONTO, ONTARIO - JULY 27: Dua Lipa performs during "The Future Nostalgia Tour" at Scotiabank Arena on July 27, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Jeremy Chan/Getty Images) (Jeremychanphotography via Getty Images)

Toronto police have identified a suspect who set off the fireworks at the Dua Lipa concert at Scotiabank Area on Wednesday night.

On Sunday, police released a picture of the man they suspect set off the fireworks. They are asking the public for help finding 29-year-old Toronto man Nam Ton, who police want for mischief and endangering lives.

Man Wanted in Mischief - Endanger Life investigations
Man Wanted in Mischief - Endanger Life investigations

Police received reports around 11:40 p.m. that someone set off unplanned fireworks at the end of the concert.

Several videos posted on Twitter show many fireworks going off in the middle of the area with hundreds of people.

Three people suffered minor injuries and were seen by the medics inside the arena.

“No one was required to be transported to the hospital by an ambulance, the injuries were minor,” said Const. Cindy Chung.

People complained about the lack of security at the event and one person on Twitter mentioned that the security was barely checking any bags last night.

“The security last night for the premium gate barely checked any of the bags ,, they didn’t even look or touch mine or my friends. they just seemed so rushed. please get this fixed asap - it could’ve been bad last night, thankfully it was “only” fireworks and nothing worse”, said the user.

Another concert goer on Twitter wrote that the fireworks sounded like “gunshots”.

“This was legit sooo terrifying,” she said.

On Thursday afternoon, Dua Lipa posted a message on her Instagram story addressing the unauthorized fireworks during her set at Scotiabank Arena and apologized for anyone who felt scared or unsafe.

On Thursday afternoon, Dua Lipa posted a message on her Instagram story addressing the unauthorized fireworks during her set at Scotiabank Arena and apologized for anyone who felt scared or unsafe.
On Thursday afternoon, Dua Lipa posted a message on her Instagram story addressing the unauthorized fireworks during her set at Scotiabank Arena and apologized for anyone who felt scared or unsafe.

"Last night, unauthorized fireworks went off in the crowd during my set in Toronto. Creating a safe and inclusive safe is always my first priority, and my team and I are just as shocked and confused by the events as you all are. there is an ongoing investigation into the events being conducted, and everyone involved is working hard to find out how this incident occurred. Bringing this show to life for my fans has been such an amazing experience, and I’m so deeply sorry for anyone who was scared, felt unsafe or whose enjoyment of the show was affected in any way," she wrote.

Authorities are looking for a man about five-foot-six-inches tall with collar length dark hair. They said he may have ben driving a white Honda CRV, with the licence plate CTYV 147.

Police also said that there was no damage to the property.

The concert is part of the pop singer’s Future Nostalgia tour throughout North America, Europe and Oceania.