20,000 Flee Spectacular Fire at Music Festival in Barcelona

BARCELONA, Spain — A spectacular fire at a music festival in Spain has forced the evacuation of over 20,000 concertgoers in Barcelona, the regional government says.

Images show towering flames consuming a large outdoor stage Saturday night at the “Tomorrowland” electronic music festival held at Barcelona’s Parc de Can Zam.

Barcelona firefighters say there were no serious injuries during the concert evacuation. The event’s private security told authorities they treated 20 people for minor injuries or anxiety during the evacuation.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire. The “Tomorrowland” website published a statement saying the “stage caught fire due to a technical malfunction.”

The festival in Barcelona was one of several offshoot events of a main “Tomorrowland” festival in Belgium. Organizers say the Barcelona event has been canceled following the fire.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4742958/Chaos-Barcelona-festival-huge-fire-breaks-out.html

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22,000 Evacuated From Tomorrowland Festival After Stage Catches Fire

After flames engulfed the main stage, Tomorrowland UNITE organizers say all 22,000 attendees were safely evacuated on Saturday night. No injuries from the fire have been reported so far.

Video footage shows sparks spewing out of the stagecraft, growing into a full-stage inferno, obscured by massive plumes of smoke.

The fire was the result of a “technical malfunction,” according to a statement from Tomorrowland’s Facebook:

“Tonight, July 29th 2017, the UNITE Barcelona stage caught fire due to a technical malfunction. Thanks to the professional intervention of the authorities all 22.000 visitors were evacuated safely and without reports of injuries. Authorities will follow up and continue the investigation with the local Spanish organizer of UNITE.”

Festival-goers captured the scene on social media.

The fire broke out hours before headliner DJ Steve Aoki was set to perform at 2 a.m. The popular EDM festival, usually held in Belgium, announced additional events this year, in eight different countries, branded as “Unite with Tomorrowland.”

In addition to Spain, Tomorrowland has also cancelled its Taiwan stop, “to ensure everyone’s safety.”

Includes videos:

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/07/29/540333420/22-000-evacuated-from-tomorrowland-festival-after-stage-catches-fire

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One Response to “20,000 Flee Spectacular Fire at Music Festival in Barcelona”

  1. daveyone1 Says:

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