Dance Troupe Causes Scare Running Through Lincoln Tunnel
A camouflage-clad Florida dance troupe desperate to make it to a live TV talent show set off a rush-hour terror scare when they ditched their cars in merciless Lincoln Tunnel traffic and tried to sprint through the tube.
The FBI-NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force was called in -- and a massive contingent of heavily armed cops surrounded the harmless performers, who stood teary-eyed in their showy costumes as hundreds of angry drivers were stuck in the snarl.
"They drew their guns on us at first," said Landon Burse, 24, the group's executive director who arranged the appearance on BET's "106 & Park" segment "Wild on Wednesday."
STEPPIN': The Club Envy dance troupe is Ronnie Killing Jr., Dontel Jabal Madison, Darius Hutchins (back row, from left) and Courtney King, Kenya Clark, Adaya Foster and Eternity Odom (front, from left).
"It was terrifying. I was crying," said Eternity Odom, 16, one of the four girls who perform in the group.
The tunnel was closed for 45 minutes before cops realized the eight-member team was headed to the studio on West 57th Street. They eventually offered them a police escort to make the show.
But it was too late -- the hard-headed producers of the live talent show told them not to bother, sending them in a trail of tears back down the New Jersey Turnpike.
The group, called "Club Envy," had set out from Jacksonville about 24 hours earlier with stardust in their eyes as they hit I-95 for the 1,158 mile trip north -- a trip for which they spent three months holding local fundraisers.