It doesn't seem so now as at least 60 people are reported to have been killed after a truck ploughed into a crowd in what seems like an attack in the French city of Nice.
A further 100 people have been injured, according to French television station BFM TV.
One eyewitness reported seeing the driver slam the lorry into people celebrating Bastille Day on the city's famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront.
He then emerged from the vehicle and started shooting, according to local residents.
"There was carnage on the road", "Bodies everywhere," people are saying.
Local newspaper Le Parisien is reporting that shots were exchanged with police.
"According to our information the driver of the lorry has been killed. A possible accomplice fled the scene," the newspaper said.
"People are running. It's panic. The lorry mounted the prom, he drove over everyone," a journalist on the scene for local newspaper Nice Martin reported.
"Everyone is bleeding - there are loads of people injured, without doubt."
President of the Nice Cote d'Azur region, Christian Estrosi, has tweeted: "The driver of a lorry seems to have killed dozens of people. Stay in your homes. More information to follow..."
Le Parisien has graphic images of bodies strewn across the promenade.
The French military police has asked people not to post terrifying images of the Nice attack on social media.