December 7, 2021

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Astroworld Festival: 8 Dead And ‘Hundreds’ Injured After Crowd Surged Towards Stage

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JULY 22: Travis Scott attends Sony Pictures' "Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood" Los Angeles Premiere on July 22, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

EIGHT people were killed, and hundreds were injured, during a crush on the first night of rapper Travis Scott’s sold-out Astroworld Festival.

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena told reporters that during Scott’s performance at the third annual Astroworld music festival at NRG Park in Houston on Friday, the crowd surged towards the stage.

Officials confirmed that about two dozen people were rushed to hospitals and that at least 11 people received CPR.

Children “as young as ten” are said to have been among those injured.

“The crowd began to congregate near the front of the stage, and people began to panic,” Mr Pea explained.

“We had at least eight confirmed fatalities tonight, as well as scores of people who were injured.”

Harrowing social media footage shows the distressing scenes as paramedics perform CPR on several people in the audience while a performance on the stage continues.

As of early Saturday morning, it was unclear how many people had been injured, but authorities told FOX 26 that several people needed medical attention.

The show was cancelled shortly after the horror crush, and the second day of the event was also cancelled, according to ABC.

On Friday night, there was a lot of fire and police activity in the area of the event.

According to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, the concert was halted when organisers realised how many people had been injured.

“At some point, when the crowd was surging, the show was stopped,” Mr Finner explained.

He went on to say that it was too early to tell what caused the crowd surge or how many people died.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Scott came to a halt several times during his 75-minute set when he noticed fans in distress near the front of the stage.

He requested that security check on them and assist them in safely exiting the crowd.

Emergency vehicles with flashing lights and alarms could be seen cutting through the crowds.

Mycah Hatfield, an ABC News reporter from Houston’s local affiliate, reported on Twitter that chaos ensued when the doors opened at 2 p.m., with hundreds of people bursting through the entrance gates to get in.

“A stampede burst through the gates,” the reporter wrote. Hundreds of people demolished the VIP security entrance, allowing them to avoid the checkpoint.

“People were crushed. ‘Some were detained,’ she wrote of the NRG Park scene.”

Astroworld is rapper Travis Scott’s music festival, which is attended by a slew of celebrities, including Kylie and Kendall Jenner.

Tickets for general admission were $180 and’stargazer’ tickets were $490.

According to ABC 13, the event’s 100,000 tickets were sold out within an hour of going on sale in May.

It came after the show was cancelled last year during the pandemic.

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