Motorists trapped in Birmingham city centre tunnels as 'wedding party' walk around and light flares

This is the astonishing footage of people getting out of cars, revving engines, and even lighting a flare as a city centre tunnel ground to a halt. Panicked motorists watched as the group paced up and down the Smallbrook Queensway Tunnel outside the Mailbox, filming their antics.

The reason for the stoppage was unknown but there were claims it was a 'wedding party'. Bobby O Singh, 30, was in an Uber with others when he got caught in the mayhem around 5.15pm on Saturday (June 1) and filmed from the scene.

The social media star who has 470k followers on Tik Tok said: "Before we got to the tunnels, people were coming in with sports cars. There was McLaren, a Mercedes G-Wagon and a Range Rover. When we got in the tunnel, the whole tunnel stopped.

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"People were beeping and running up and down the side of the cars. They were using their exhausts to make a popping noise - people were proper panicking.

"People were running up and down with flares. The exhausts were going so you could smell the carbon dioxide - the air smelt bad."

A yellow flare can be seen in the tunnel
A yellow flare can be seen in the tunnel -Credit:@bobbyosingh

At one point, a man with a child could be seen holding a flare with a large plume of yellow coloured smoke. Bobby, who is from the Black Country, added: "I posted the footage on Saturday and people were saying it was a wedding.

He added: "We did move after 10 minutes or so but on the way we told the Uber driver not to go through the second tunnel. "It was mad. It panicked people."

"Mad" scenes inside Queensway Tunnel
"Mad" scenes inside Queensway Tunnel -Credit:BobbyOSingh

Since posting the video on his Tik Tok account, the video has received 344K views and attracted more than 340 comments.

West Midlands Police said: "Shortly before 5.15pm, last Saturday (June 1), we received a number of calls to say that motorists had got out of their vehicles and were letting off flares and fireworks in the tunnel on St Chads Queensway.

"Officers attended. The incident caused traffic congestion for a short period of time before motorists got back in their vehicles and drove away."