Players and spectators at a major London sports stadium have been told to take cover after a metal-tipped arrow was shot onto the cricket field.
County cricket side Surrey was playing Middlesex at the Oval when the arrow landed just near the pitch, prompting more than 1,000 spectators to be evacuated by police.
BBC Commentator Kevin Hand said the players quickly left the field.
“Everyone was told to take cover inside the grounds, and that was obviously worrying for people who were outside,” he said.
Nobody was injured but play was abandoned and the stadium was evacuated.
The arrow is yellow and red and appears to be about 35 centimetres long.
“It was a pretty tasty arrow with a proper metal end,” said Surrey captain Gareth Batty, who was fielding about 25 metres from where it landed.
“Someone saw it in flight, there was a noise when it landed but it happened so quick. It is a deadly weapon for sure.
“If it had hit someone it would have caused some serious damage.”
Middlesex Cricket: Our thanks go to everyone at @surreycricket for the calm and professional manner in which they handled the earlier situation at the Oval
Police believe it was fired from outside the venue but they said it was not an attempted act of terrorism.
“It is pure speculation where it came from because it is a very dense area around the ground,” Surrey chief executive Richard Gould said.
“We are investigating reports that there was a noise on the roof of the OCS Stand but we haven’t been able to get up there to see whether it was the projectile ricocheting off the roof or a separate projectile.
“We may never find out if it was a deliberate act, but in these heightened times these sorts of acts are wholly irresponsible.”
No injuries were reported and no arrests had been made by Thursday evening by officers who believe the object was launched from a residential area of south London.