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Witnesses at "Skyfall" heard it likely was a prank smoke bomb.
The person who waived their arms and said "everyone out" may have been associated with the fire industry, as that's what we're taught to do in the event of suspected smoke or fire - err on the conservative side and assist people in leaving the area orderly and quickly. How many people actually know where all the exits are, as they are used to leaving the building the same way they entered? How often are the minimum wage theater workers trained how to react in the event of smoke or fire? When is the last time you saw a trailer before the movie started indicating the fire exits? And, how many people are so used to false alarms with faulty or outdated detection systems that they are now numb to those alarms? For a nation so advanced, we are so far behind other civilized nations when it comes to fire protection and fire safety.
I was at the theater at the time, seated about 15 rows from the top(back). I didn't see any "panic". The exit was surprisingly orderly. All exits were used and the theater was empty in only a couple of minutes. Leaving a crowded area in an orderly fashion when fire is suspected seems to me to be a reasonable and prudent act.
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