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Crowds Of Pushy Parents Turned A Kid's Easter Egg Hunt Into "A Mess"

The crowd acted "kind of like locusts," organizers said.

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An egg hunt hosted by PEZ Candy on Saturday quickly escalated from a children's Easter tradition into a parent's shoving match outside of the company's visitor center in Orange, Connecticut.

Easter Egg Hunt at PEZ in Orange turns into chaos. Hear from a parent and child caught in the frenzy at 6.

PEZ Candy ended its annual Easter egg hunt early after chaos broke out among the event's roughly 1,000 participants when people rushed the field before the activities began, according to WFSB.

The event's organizers placed more than 9,000 eggs on three different fields. Each age group was scheduled for staggered hunts.

But around 10:30 a.m. ET parents "just bum-rushed that area," Nicole Welch, who attended the hunt with her four-year-old son, told WFSB.

PEZ General Manager Shawn Peterson said parents rushed the fields ahead of any direction by the event's staff "kind of like locusts."

"So we started talking to people and say, 'Hey, this is supposed to start at certain time'," said Peterson. "Well, that lasted about a minute and everyone just rushed the field and took everything."

"Grown adults pushing 3 & 4 year olds to get plastic eggs with some PEZ candy inside," said one of the egg hunt's participants. "This is how truly pathetic society has become."

"Due to the actions of a few, the good intent quickly turned into a mess," a company spokesperson said. "I would like to sincerely apologize to each of our guests, this was not something created to frustrate or make people angry."

PEZ Candy could not be immediately reached by BuzzFeed News on Sunday.

Leticia Miranda is a consumer affairs reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Leticia Miranda at leticia.miranda@buzzfeed.com.

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