deadly weather strikes belgian music festival
A storm swept through a popular open space.
An official said at least three people were killed and more than 70 injured at an aerial music festival in the town of eastern Belgium on Thursday.
Late Thursday, ambulances and police cars traveled to and from the Pukkelpop festival near Hassett town 50 miles east of Brussels, and their siren sounded.
The concert audience described the panic scene when the sky was dark, windy, downpours, hail was nearly half an inch (
Greater than 1 cm)
The crowd was so crowded that the structure of the concert was detained.
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\"All the buildings have collapsed,\" says 20-year-old Brinnie Gardner, who is traveling in Europe with his friends.
\"Panic at the time. It was crazy.
Hugo Simmons, head of emergency medical planning at Hasselt, told VRT radio that three people were killed, 11 were seriously injured and 60 were slightly injured due to the storm.
Organizers estimate 60,000 of the three
When the storm broke out on Thursday, the festival began.
After the storm, many people flowed from the site, which turned the festival site into a muddy and ruined scene in about 10 minutes.
Video from the scene showed the stage equipment hanging in strong winds like rain --
Audiences at the music festival were looking for cover.
The trees and branches of the whole area have been scraped down, which proves the sudden fierce wind. }
The ambulance transported the seriously injured to a nearby hospital.
Some minor injuries are being treated at a local sports center.
More than 20 am pieces of art were shipped to the festival grounds.
Images of the disaster show the collapsed lighting scaffolding.
Dutch television reporter Rick Hoogkamp, who attended the concert on Thursday, said several tents had collapsed.
An Associated Press reporter saw that the concession was blown up and a large food tent was laid on the ground.
One of the people who watched the tent collapse was the 17-year-old Saint-Laura ellegit.
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\"It\'s total chaos, massive panic,\" Elegert said . \".
\"People are trying to get out of the collapsed tent with their pocket knives and holes in the fabric.
\"Two cranes were brought in late Thursday to try to lift the big tent, but the ground seemed too crowded to reach the area.
Chokri Mahassine, the organizer of the festival, said, \"We have now suspended the festival until we are fully aware of the situation.
Well-known international performances include Foo Fighters, Eminem and descendants.
This is the second fatal event at the outdoor music festival in a week.
On Saturday, at the Indiana State Fair in Indiana, part of the stage collapsed and when the wind speed reached 60 miles an hour, five people were killed and dozens were injured (
96 kilometers per hour)
70 miles per hour (
112 per hour)hit the site.
Last month, a German woman was 30-meter (100-foot)
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On 2000, at a Pearl Jam concert, nine people were crushed to death on the same holiday and 43 were injured.