Pukkelpop Festival officially canceled, death toll increases

According to Billboard, the rest of the Pukkelpop music festival has been canceled in the wake of yesterday’s stage collapse. The death toll is currently at five, and the injury tally stands at 75 people. The article also gave more details about the extent and causes of the damage:

On Thursday (August 18) at approximately 6:30 p.m., the festival and campground in Kiewit, Belgium, near the town of Hasselt roughly 50 miles east of Brussels, was hit with a massive rain and hailstorm that damaged three stages  (The Chateau Tent, Boiler Room and Wablieft Tent) and the festival’s infrastructure as trees fell and debris swirled about.

Ambulances and cranes were called to the scene for help. The injured were brought to the Hasselt hospital, others to the Kiewit Sports complex for treatment. One festivalgoer said the cell phone network was completely jammed adding to the confusion.

The A.P. reported that officials said at a joint press conference on Friday with Hilde Claes, the mayor Hasselt and festival organizer Chokri Mahassin that meteorologists did not predict a storm of that intensity. “I have seen many tropical storms, Mahassine said, “but this was unprecedented.”

 

Check out this video of the scene.  Scary stuff.

One Response to Pukkelpop Festival officially canceled, death toll increases
  1. Linda
    August 19, 2011 | 7:59 pm

    Happened in Indiana too. Stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair.

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