Popular American rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas was canceled on Saturday after a massive crowd surge on Friday night (Central Time) left eight people dead and more than 300 injured. including a 10-year-old child, depending on the venue. officials.
More than 50,000 fans had gathered during Scott’s performance at the festival outside of NRG Park, ‘Variety’ reports quoting ‘Houston Chronicle’. Up to 23 people were hospitalized and more than 300 were treated during the day.
Travis Scott’s Friday night set was broadcast live on Apple Music. It featured his usual high-energy acting style, along with an extended appearance from Drake. The Astroworld Festival was founded by Scott in 2018.
At a news conference after the tragedy, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pea outlined the timeline for the tragedy. He said that at 9 p.m. (local time) on Friday, the crowd began to advance during Scott’s set, prompting the rapper to pause the show multiple times to ask security to help fans.
Members of the fire department entered the dense crowd to rescue the injured. At 9.38 pm, the “mass casualty incident” broke out, at which point CPR began to be administered to several unconscious fans. Meanwhile, social media posts show the frantic scene as officials attempted to rescue concert goers, ‘Variety’ reports.
“Everything happened at the same time. It seemed like it happened within a few minutes, ”said Larry Satterwhite, deputy executive director of the fire department.
“Many times, children do not make the best decisions,” he continued. “Because they are young and animated. I think it was so many people and a passion to see this artist. I don’t know, and a lot of bad decisions. “The rapper has a huge following among young people.
“Our hearts are broken,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. Houston is in Harris County, Texas. “People go to these events looking to have a good time. It is not the type of event where you expect to find out about deaths, ”added the judge.
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