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07-24-10, 04:55 PM #1
15 killed amid panic at Germany's "Love Parade"The panic at "Love Parade 2010" left at least 15 people injured, according to police spokesman Werner Friese. But Carsten Lueb of CNN affiliate NTV said that the number of injured was higher, possibly into the hundreds.
Lueb told CNN that some 1.4 million people showed up at the popular festival, which features dozens of DJs spinning techno music for hours. Organizers expected only 700,000 to 800,000 attendees, so they opened an additional event site to accommodate more people.
The deadly crush happened in an underpass between the main event site and the expansion area. Witnesses told NTV that people pushed into the tunnel from both sides until it was dangerously overcrowded. The panic began as festival-goers began to lose consciousness as they were crushed against the walls and each other.
After the panic, a line of emergency vehicles, including helicopters, could be seen parked on the highway leading to the festival site, carrying away people injured in the crush. The festival itself, however, went on. Police were afraid that ending the music altogether could cause further unrest among the massive crowd.
07-24-10, 11:42 PM #2
Sounds like a giant mosh pit, if you ask me. This is what can happen if events such as this aren't planned properly. I sure am glad that I don't live in Germany. Though, the US is not entirely out of the woods with it's festival or concert event mishaps. Woodstock, The Altamont Speedway Free Concert, Gay Pride Day in San Francisco to name a few.
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