What should be have been a night of excitement for hundreds of thousands of fans in Houston, ended up to be one of the biggest tragedies in the recent history.
The fans were excited to attend Houston’s own Travis Scott and his third annual music festival Astroworld, but the excitement turned deadly.
It was the first day of what should have been two-day event in Houston and more than 50,000 attendees were at the NRG stadium, where Astroworld festival kicked off, when the Houston Fire Department started receiving reports of several people injured.
According to the latest information provided by the local authorities, at least eight people died in the unfortunate events, while many others were injured.
Preliminary information from Chief Sam Pena with the Houston Fire Department was that there were about 50,000 people in attendance, and at around 9:15 p.m., the crowd began to “compress” over the stage, causing panic and people started falling out. However, right now, it’s unclear what caused the deaths of the eight people but once the medical examiner finishes their investigation.
“This was a tragic night,” Fire Chief Pena said.
According to the fire department, 55 units were dispatched at the stadium and nearly 300 people were transferred to hospital or treatment. The investigation about the incident is ongoing and the local authorities are asking the public to remain calm until they get the official results of the investigation.
“Nobody has all the answers tonight,” Chief Finner said. “It’s not fair to the producers [of the event] or to anyone else involved.”
Both the organizers of the festival and the authorities believe that there was adequate law enforcement around to respond if needed since 400 HPD officers were off-site and 200 security personnel.
As a result of the ongoing investigation, the festival was canceled and will not continue on Saturday as scheduled.
More details are expected on Saturday. Once available, we will update the case.
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