Love Parade 2010 Stampede in Duisburg, Germany

To date, 21 people have been crushed to death in a stampede during the Love Parade, a music dance festival which was celebrated on July 24th this year in the the city of Duisburg.

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The compacted crowd in the Tunnel during the Love Parade 2010 music festival.

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.

Map of Love Parade 2010 Duisburg 2010 Festival Grounds

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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The Love Parade during more colorful times in Berlin.

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Posted on July 28, 2010, in News, Titillating Tuesday and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

    • Miss Moneypenny

      You caught me in the process of updating the post.

      Please scroll over your link in the post and you will see the following message: “link to the source and Google Map Link source.” 🙂

  1. http://2010loveparade.wordpress.com

    Hello Miss Moneypenny CPU(moneypennydd),
    I hope you like this link:
    http://2010loveparade.wordpress.com

    I hope to find time to post links there and do some translation work.

    My goal of that blog is to share some light on that tragedy that happened.

    Doing so in links which will be partly in german and partly in english.

    You might also like a link to actual data http://2010loveparade.wordpress.com/2010/07/29/statistic-of-victims-opferstatistiken/

    About your text:
    [quote]
    According to Love Parade Organizers, the annual techno music festival has been permanently cancelled after 342 people were injured and 21 people were killed when revelers panicked and funneled through the tunnel during Germany’s 21st annual Love Parade.
    [/quote]

    The Loveparade 2010 will be the last which was held.
    The party continued on after the stampede as was said by news “to continue the party to prevent another stamped!”.
    So the party continued until 23:00 (11:00 p.m.).
    The stampede happened around 17:00 (5:00 p.m.)

    As for the the numbers in your post are a little misleading.
    I guess you (or someone else) made a little mistake in the translation.

    24th of July 2010
    19 deaths (16 at location, 3 in hospital) [about 283 causalities were treated in hospital of whom the most could get home that day]

    It rose to 21 as two females died in hospital later. (25/28 July 2010).

    The causalities of that day are kind of estimated at about 511 of whom 283 joined hospital. Not counted are the psychological disorders which I guess will add like a 1000 or more.

    And last the party organizer seems to be the one to blame.
    The police protection was outside of the area – in the city.

    The original party organizer (till 2001) said about the new organizer that he overrates commercial output.
    And right after the stampede he said that Schaller (new guy) is responsible for the death of people!

    Schaller did not organize the party well… so much is said these days and comes to top, which will let me have a say later on.

    Still unclear to me is also the count of people visiting the party.

    Schaller (organizer): 185.000 people
    estimates on that day: 1 Million to 1.400.000 people

    The location was designed hush-hush-style for about 250.000 people and for that amount of people that space was not enough.

    The controls (glass or?drugs?) and the fencing of the area were done the first time in Loveparades history.
    A lot of people including me could not grab why they did not open more then one entrance.
    That entrance also was IN and OUT at the same time, through a tunnel and with no escapes. Thats the point for me.

    Rightly after the news said like the victims were responsible – saying they fell after climbing the walls…
    …not the case! (None of those dead died of falling from great height)

    Greetings 2010loveparade

    • Miss Moneypenny

      Hi Love Parade 2010,

      Thank you for visiting, commenting, and adding more details about this unfortunate tragedy.

      The news sources which are linked to in my post may have translated information incorrectly or the numbers could be changing due to finding more causalities.

      “According to Love Parade Organizers, the annual techno music festival has been permanently cancelled after 342 people were injured and 21 people were killed when revelers panicked and funneled through the tunnel during Germany’s 21st annual Love Parade.” is based upon the information provided by this news story: Love Parade axed after deaths as quoted below:

      “THE organiser of the Love Parade says the yearly techno music festival will never be held again after 19 people were killed and 342 were injured in a panicked crush in an entrance tunnel.” Was this news translated incorrectly?

      The number of causalities was changed to 283 to agree with your news record.

      • Hi Miss Moneypenny,

        sorry if I may misleaded you.
        I hope I got my grotty English style better now … 😉

        As of July 28th 2010 numbers are:

        21 death,
        511 injured (causalties)
        (of them 283 were treated in hospitals – but most of them left hospital that day/night).

        Now I hope I did not write to complicated to understand. 😉

        [quote myself ]
        The causalities of that day are kind of estimated at about 511 of whom 283 joined hospital. Not counted are the psychological disorders which I guess will add like a 1000 or more.
        [/quote]

        Should have said like 21 death , 511(+) injured, maybe 1000+ panic disorders / psychological problems / traumatized.

        How many visited the Loveparade?

        That is for the moment unclear to the most news sources and to me.

        At the Location estimated for max people (250.000)

        – are based on an graphical estimation done by computers work
        130.000
        people in the area of fenced with the ramp of which led to the tunnels.

        (A critic of myself in that method is, that they did not estimate the people waiting outside, which lead to the pressing which caused the stampede in the end.)

        Estimated people on that day were :
        1.4 Mio , 1 Mio , 500000? ; they get smaller …

        In an attempt to try to explain that.

        The Mister Schaller (that guy who owns/promotes McFit a Bodybuilding Club franchise) said like it were 1.4 million … later on he changed to 185000 on the area (as of today) – in an attempt to hide away his guilt?

        Greetings

        • Miss Moneypenny

          Hi Love Parade 2010,

          I doubt that there was any misleading. We are both trying our best to gather the facts and to understand the events that caused this tragic event.

          I appreciate your efforts in providing the details of your first hand reporting. Hopefully, your comments will provide answers to English speaking readers.

          • Hi Miss Moneypenny,

            I cannot say I do first hand reporting, but as native speaker, it is much easier for me to get the news straight.

            I try to build my blog, which (will) include(s) several english texts, in the focus of bringing information together.

            There is also a site EVERYONE WHO VISITED LOVEPARADE SHOULD VISIT (sorry for CAPS):
            ######################################

            http://www.loveparaderavercount.de/?COUNT=1

            … is trying to estimate the REAL number of people visiting the Loveparade 2010, as it is not clear at the moment how many visited it!

            • Miss Moneypenny

              Hi Love Parade,

              The ‘first hand reporting’ term was used to indicate the news that has not been reported by other media sources.

              The information you have provided is greatly appreciated.

              • Hi Miss Moneypenny,

                here I am again… 😉

                Had been busy, but in the meantime I did some
                updates on the site.

                Greetings
                2010LP

                P.S.:
                Partly useless information following:

                Schaller crashed his Lamborghini

                Sauerland (Mayor of Duisburg) and some fellow of same rank, gone shortly before the Loveparade both into the holidays… (there should be at least one there to make the right decisions, and be responsible for them)

              • Miss Moneypenny

                Hi Love Parade,

                Thank you for the update 🙂

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