Love Parade 2010 Stampede in Duisburg, Germany
Mass Panic broke out after police tried to restrict access to a bridge underpass tunnel. Many revelers were pinned shoulder to shoulder in the tunnel. Witnesses claim bodies were stacked on top of each other as people climbed the walls to escape the stampede.
Apparently, Germans are dumbfounded by the chaos at the Love Parade since Germans have little tolerance for poor organization. According to this news source, city officials and Love Parade organizers overlooked the warnings that Duisburg was unable to host one million people and manage the massive event.
Rescue Responders at the Love Parade 2010 Stampede
According to Love Parade Organizers, the annual techno music festival has been permanently cancelled after 283 people were treated for injuries and 21 people were killed when revelers panicked and funneled through the tunnel during Germany’s 21st annual Love Parade.
According to Love Parade 2010, the tunnel was the only entrance and exit to the Fair Grounds. There were no emergency exits. For more information about this tragic event, please read Love Parade 2010’s comments in this post.
According to Spiegel Online, 250,000 people is the maximum safe capacity of the festival site. Unfortunately, the exact number of revelers at the stampede is part of the ongoing debate. Spiegel reported that Lopavent GmbH, the organizers of the Love Parade, did not have to comply with the standard 33-foot wide emergency exits.
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