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Mass Casualties at Astroworld Music Festival
Outdoor music festivals were just starting to return to pre-pandemic interest levels when a living nightmare unfolded at Houston’s Astroworld Music Festival on November 5.
Exuberant concertgoers rushed the stage for hometown hero Travis Scott, trapping pockets of the audience in a deadly crush. Security personnel appeared ill-equipped and unprepared and Mr. Scott – seemingly unaware of the unfolding mass-casualty disaster – continued to perform. Ten people died from injuries and many more were hospitalized.
In the aftermath, questions swirled about whether organizers had done enough to ensure safety, as well as previous incidents in which Mr. Scott had encouraged rowdiness during performances. Hundreds of lawsuits are now filed against an array of defendants, from concert promoters to Mr. Scott himself.
On December 22, the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee announced that the lawmakers are investigating Live Nation’s role in the tragedy. The committee did not indicate plans to investigate any of the performers or other parties associated with the event.
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