On Friday, 5 November 2021, at 9 pm, Travis Scott’s Astroworld festival left about eight persons dead and many injured in what was described as a ‘mass casualty incident’ by officials.
The festival, which had about 50,000 persons in attendance, witnessed a mass casualty after a crowd surge. Huston Fire Chief Samuel Peña told reporters at a news conference that the show was canceled shortly after the crowd surge.
“The crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage, and that caused some panic, and it started causing some injuries. People began to fall out, become unconscious, and it created additional panic. Officials transported 17 people to hospitals, including 11 who were in cardiac arrest. It wasn’t clear whether all eight who died were among the 17 that had been transported to hospitals. Many people were also treated at the scene at NRG Park, where a field hospital had been set up. About 300 people were examined at that site throughout the day,” he said.
Speaking about Scott’s music concert crowd surge, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner called for calm, urging people not to jump to conclusions about what could have caused the surge. He said, “I think it’s very important that none of us speculates. Nobody has all the answers tonight. He didn’t fail to add that there had been several rumors surrounding the event that authorities would look into.”
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Asides from the Travis Scott Astroworld incident, there have been other times that fans have died at a concert. Some of these casualties have either been a crowd surge, shootings in the crowd, or possibly a stage collapsing. Either way, some fans have lost their lives unexpectedly. Learn about some of the different times fans have died from attending concerts.
ROUTE 91 FESTIVAL in 2017
The route 91 festival in 2017 is described as the deadliest shooting incident that America has ever experienced.
On 1 October 2017, the “Dirt Road Anthem” singer Jason Aldean looked forward to having a great time with his fans via a three-day festival. He and other country superstars were to perform at the festival held on the famous Las Vegas Strip, just outside the Mandalay Bay resort.
However, things didn’t go as planned as some of the fans who were attending the concert were gunned down. A man named Stephen Paddock booked a suite, with his hotel window providing clear views of the Aldean show, and from there, he gunned down the concert-goers.
In all, about 58 people lost their lives, with more than 500 people left injured. This excludes Paddock, who killed himself after firing on the concert.
WHO Concert – 1979
The WHO Concert incident in 1979 led to the ban of seats in concerts. WHO had sold out tickets to fill their 14,000 seating capacity, and were eager to have a good time with their fans.
The fans were also prepared for a good time, only that everyone wanted to seat close to the stage. So, they started by arriving early and when it was time to go in, there was already a stampede from the crowd as everyone struggled to get in first.
About 11 persons were killed and some left injured as the fans pushed, knocked down, and tramped each other to get through the two open doors
Ariana Grande show – 2017
In 2017, Ariana took her show to the UK with thousands of fans in attendance to watch the pop star perform. The show was a success, at least, that’s what everyone thought until, a terrorist attack after the show. According to witnesses, there was an explosion and a flash of lights.
It turned out to be a bomb blast. According to BBC, the police later identified the terrorist as Salman Abedi, a suicide bomber who killed himself and 22 others in his attack.
Creation concert – 1974
According to New York Times, in June 1974, a local band lost fans and a band member to a fire that affected their concert ground. The concert was held at a large piece of real estate in a shopping center in suburban Port Chester, New York.
It had gone on for about an hour before a band member announced that the show was over because of a fire in the bowling alley next door. At first, the crowd filed out through the stairs until the toxic smoke from the fire filled the stairway, blocking their view and knocking some persons down.
24 persons lost their lives, including a Creation band member. The Police later arrested a man who set up the fire in a bid to cover up his tracks after he robbed the bowling alley’s cigarette machines.
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