What happened at the Travis Scott Astroworld Festival?

A TRAGIC mass casualty incident happened at the Travis Scott Astroworld Festival.

Here’s what we know about it.


Travis Scott performs onstage during the third annual Astroworld Festival at NRG Park on November 5

What happened at the Travis Scott Astroworld Festival?

at the minimum eight people are dead and hundreds are said to be injured following a grind at the opening night of rapper Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival.

The crowd is said to have surged towards the stage while Scott was performing at the third annual Astroworld music festival at NRG Park in Houston on Friday.

A crowd of 50,000 showed up for the two-day event, which sold out within an hour of tickets going live in May this year.

Officials in Texas said the crowd began to “compress towards the front of the stage” at around 9.15pm, sparking panic.

They transported 17 people to hospitals with 11 of them in cardiac arrest.

It is feared hundreds more are injured, including children as young as 10.

Addressing a press briefing in the early hours this morning, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said: “We had at the minimum eight confirmed fatalities today. We had scores of individuals injured at this event.”

He additional that a “mass casualty incident” was triggered at 9.38pm and investigations are current.

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Chief Pena told reporters: “At approximately 9.15pm the crowd began to compress towards the front of the stage and that caused some panic and it started causing some injuries.

“People began to fallout, become unconscious, and it produced additional panic.”

Several people were treated at the scene at NRG Park, where a field hospital was set up.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said Saturday, November 6 that 13 people were nevertheless hospitalized and the victims killed ranged in age from 14 to 27.

Turner called the incident a “tragedy on many different levels.”

What did Travis Scott say about the incident?

In a message released on Twitter, Travis Scott expressed how devastated he was by what took place at his festival. He assured fans that he is “praying for the families and everyone impacted by what happened at Astroworld Festival.”

He is working with the Houston Police Department while an investigation is pending.

When did the festival take place?

Astroworld Festival is an annual music festival held on November 5 and 6 and run by American rapper Travis Scott.

It takes place in Houston, Texas at NRG Park, on the former site of Six Flags Astroworld.

What have police said about the tragedy?

According to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, organizers paused the concert when they realised how many people had been hurt.

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

He additional that it was too early to determine what caused the crowd surge and urged people not to speculate.

He also called for calm and urged people not to jump to conclusions as to what caused last night’s surge.

“I think it’s very important that none of us speculate,” he said.

“Nobody has all the answers tonight.”

He additional that there have been several rumors surrounding the event that authorities would look into.

“We’re going to do an investigation and find out because it’s not fair to the producers, to anybody else involved, until we determine what happened, what caused the surge,” he said.

“We don’t know, but we will find out.”

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