Eight Dead in a Stampede During Texas Music Festival
Fans attacked the stage during Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival, in front of almost 50,000 people. Scott is “quite enraged” at the events.
On Saturday, local officials reported that at least eight individuals were crushed to death during a crowd surge at a music event in Houston, Texas.
Hundreds were injured, including 11 people who died from cardiac arrest at the 50,000-person Astroworld Festival at NRG Park.
What Happened at the Astroworld Festival?
When Travis Scott, the festival’s headliner, entered the stage at 9 p.m. local time (0200 UTC Saturday), the rush started.
A countdown clock, according to one of the attendees, Jonathan de Leon, sent supporters racing to the main stage, crushing those in front and knocking them out.
According to another festival attendee, the audience swelled even further when rap artist Drake suddenly joined Scott on stage.
Paul Longoria told Reuters that “people were going down” into heaps, and that he observed one lady being buried by three others who tumbled after her.
As the rush persisted, people started to pass out, triggering a mass casualty event around 9:38 p.m., according to officials.
Ambulance carts made their way through the crowd during the performance to save the victims. Other footage showed paramedics conducting CPR on members of the audience while the play was still going on.
Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena stated, “We have at least eight verified deaths tonight and hundreds WOUNDED folks.”
Emergency authorities put up a reunion center near the park and advised concert attendees’ families to go there.
According to Houston mayor Sylvester Turner, the dead ranged in age from 14 to 27, with 13 people still in hospitals on Saturday.
Authorities canceled the remaining events after Scott’s performance “in the interest of public safety,” according to Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite.
What Caused the Audience to Grow?
Attendees reported “chaos” with people tossing bottles towards chokepoints including COVID-19 exam centers and retail areas.
Other smaller crowd rushes occurred throughout the day, overwhelming 528 Houston police officers and 755 private security guards.
After the mayhem calmed, medical personnel had to provide multiple doses of the anti-overdose drug Narcan to fans, according to Pena.
Since then, police have launched a criminal inquiry to learn more about what transpired that night.
Seventeen individuals ended up in the hospital, with 11 under treatment for cardiac arrest, according to Pena.
The cause of death for those who died was unclear at the moment, but a medical examiner will look into it.
The event organizers requested the medical unit to be present during the event. Those units, however, were “immediately overrun” as the crowd rush started, according to Pena.
Scott Has Been ‘devastated’ by the Catastrophe.
Scott, a Houston native, said that he will stand with the police while they investigate the event.
“What happened last night has completely destroyed me. My thoughts and prayers are with the families who attended the Astroworld Festival “He expressed himself on Twitter. “I adore all of you.”
According to the Houston Chronicle, Scott came to a halt many times throughout his 75-minute set when he saw supporters in distress at the front of the stage.
He requested that security check on them and assist them in getting out of the mob.
What Is Astroworld, Exactly?
Scott founded Astroworld, a music event that debuted in 2018.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the two-day event drew 50,000 people.
Event organizers canceled the remaining events of the festival after the tragedy on Friday.
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