Officials confirm eight deaths and numerous injuries after a surge in the audience at Houston’s Astroworld Festival.

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pea said in a news conference early on Saturday that panic started causing some injuries. According to him, the mass casualty took place around 9 p.m. on Friday night when a crowd began to squeeze toward the stage’s front.

According to him, people started to fall out, becoming unconscious, and that produced extra fear.

Eleven people had a cardiac arrest and were sent to the hospital as a result of the incident. Pea said that the cause of the eight fatalities would not be known until the medical examiner’s inquiry is complete.

The opening night of a two-day music festival drew an estimated 50,000 attendees. During Travis Scott’s performance, there was a spike in traffic.

Travis Scott's performance

Pea added that it occurred at some time when the throng was rising.

The festival’s second day has been canceled due to the early conclusion of the first.

Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite claimed that suddenly they saw numerous folks down on the ground, having some form of cardiac arrest or other types of a medical incident. He said that that’s when he went to meet the promoters as well as Live Nation, and they decided to terminate it early in the better interest of the public.

Early on Saturday, the festival stated that their thoughts are with the Astroworld Festival people tonight, particularly those who have lost their loved ones.

They affirmed that their primary goal is to provide whatever assistance they can to elected authorities in the area, and in light of this decision, the event will no longer take place on Saturday.

According to Houston police chief Troy Finner, the spike is yet unknown. Authorities are going to look into this.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, in a statement, said that their hearts are devastated and this would be the last place they would like to be.

Eight Grammy nominations have been made for Scott, a 29-year-old musician. Kylie Jenner’s mother is from Houston, and he has a kid with her. Three years ago, he launched the Astroworld Festival.

It’s been reported that during his 75-minute set, Travis Scott, who founded the event, was forced to stop many times to check on distressed fans.

The rapper pleaded with the venue’s security to check on them and assist them in escaping the mob. The publication reports that emergency cars, their lights and sirens blazing, made multiple passes through the gathering.


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