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a Washington Post Investigation The tragedy at the Astroworld festival earlier this month left 10 people dead and dozens injured, revealing that at least seven victims were killed in a single closed area of ​​spectators, according to the new report. Shedding light on how and why the possibly deadly mob boom occurred.

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A large number of attendees gathered around the main stage of the festival, waiting for headliner Travis Scott’s performance, and when a performance ended in a nearby second stage, crowds from that area gathered in a small area of ​​the festival. created congestion. Three sides by metal barriers, according to test videos and interviews with attendees.

The crowd on the main stage was divided into quadrants by metal barricades, a design that allowed little movement and contributed to the rapid density of the crowd, according to Post,

It was in the south quadrant that at least seven of the victims died, including Axel Acosta, Ezra Blount, Madison Dubisky, Jakob Jurinec, Franco Patino, Danish Begg and Rodolfo ngel Pea.

A study of audience videos done by crowd scientists at Carnegie Mellon University SituationT’s request estimated that three minutes into Scott’s set, in the south quadrant, areas were as low as 1.85 square feet per person, only slightly above a level that “could cause instability, with so little space that People can barely draw a breath” – although the researchers note that the actual crowd density was likely higher, because the video they examined was taken at night and was clouded with smoke.

Also another test completed by a physicist at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies PostIt was revealed that three minutes after Scott’s performance, members of the audience in this segment were moving at the same speed, meaning they were being pushed and moved by the crowd and not doing so of their own accord. Were were

The Houston Police Department and Fire Department, Astroworld, NRG Park and the companies that provided security and medical teams for the incident did not respond. Postrequest for comment; Scott’s lawyer told the outlet he was “disturbed” by the situation and Live Nation’s representative said they were “heartbroken” and cooperating with the investigation.

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