Breaking news on the ground from Phoenix Comic Fest at around 7:45pm PST was that the convention center was evacuated in response to an alarm having been triggered and the public announcement system broadcasting a request for everyone to vacate the building. The event's official social media accounts have expressed that the local fire department units are on-scene and investigating.
Attendees using Twitter indicate that the exit went smoothly and took "5 minutes", which is no small feat to move some 70,000 attendees out of a large convention center. We will update this article as more news becomes available. The inconvenient downside being that while it was a smooth exit, then comes the all-clear and those individuals have to go back through the security checks to get back inside.
Phoenix Comic Fest describes itself as a pop culture experience that delivers happiness to every age group and walks of life. Meet your favorite celebrities, creators, authors, discover delights and wonders within thousands of hours of programming and nightlife events, shop from a seemingly endless selection of fun vendors, or just spend your time people watching.
Occupying the Phoenix Convention Center in sunny downtown Phoenix, festivities take place annually during Memorial Day weekend.