Loveparade Disaster One Year Anniversary
[On 24 July 2010, a stampede at the 2010 Love Parade electronic dance music festival in Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, caused the death of 21 people. At least 510 more were injured.
The Love Parade was a popular and free access festival and parade that originated in 1989 in Berlin. The parade features stages, but has floats with music, DJs and dancers moving through the audience. But this in Duisburg was the first edition of the festival that was organised in a closed-off area. Between 200,000 and 1.4 million people were reported to be attending the event and 3,200 police were on hand.
The festival was staged on the area of a former freight station. The capacity of the enclosed location was limited to 250,000 people, but more than one million visitors were expected, based on the experience of previous years.
Entrance was granted at 12:00 CEST (10:00 UTC). A 240-metre tunnel from the east and a series of underpasses from the west met at a ramp that was supposed to be the only entrance and exit point of the festival area. A smaller ramp existed between the underpasses from the west. Because of overcrowding, police at the entrance began announcing over loudspeakers that new arrivals should turn around and head back. The side of the tunnel that was the entry of the parade area was closed, but people continued to enter the tunnel from the rear, despite being told it was closed. A stampede occurred as the ramp between tunnel underpasses and the festival area became overcrowded.
There was some debate as to how the deaths occurred. Some reports suggested they were caused by people falling off a staircase as they tried to escape the tunnel. However, autopsies showed that all of the fatalities were due to crushed rib cages.
A total of 21 people died, 13 women and eight men, aged between 18 and 38 years. 14 were reported to be Germans – 7 men and 7 women. Among the seven casualties of other nationalities were two Spanish women aged 21 and 22 years, a 38-year-old Chinese woman living in Germany, a 22-year-old man from the Netherlands, a 21-year-old woman from Italy, a 21-year-old woman from Bosnia-Herzegovina, and a 27-year-old woman from Australia. Fifteen died at the site, six died in hospital]. – Wikipedia
Hundreds of thousands of people walk to the Love Parade festival, near the site where at least 18 people were later crushed to death and dozens injured in a stampede, on July 24, 2010 in Duisburg, Germany. Thousands of other revelers kept partying at the event unaware of the deadly stampede that started when police tried to block thousands more people from entering the already-jammed parade grounds. (Photo by Christoph Reichwein/Getty Images)
General view of the tunnel crowded with techno music fans where a stampede crushed at least 15 people to death and injured dozens at Germanys famous Love Parade festival on July 24, 2010 in Duisburg, Germany. (Photo by Christoph Reichwein/Getty Images)
The scene of the accident at the tunnel where a stampede crushed at least 15 people to death and injured dozens at Germanys famous Love Parade festival on July 24, 2010 in Duisburg, Germany. (Photo by Christoph Reichwein/Getty Images)
A mournour expresses her condolence on the day after a stampede at Germanys famous Love Parade festival killed at least 18 revellers, on July 25, 2010 in Duisburg, Germany. (Photo by Christoph Reichwein/Getty Images)
Wall art and candles are pictured in the tunnel of the 2010 Loveparade disaster near to where many of the deaths occurred on the first anniversary of the tragedy on July 24, 2011 in Duisburg, Germany. (Photo by Thomas Starke/Getty Images)