The Astroworld Tragedy

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Carson Scamihorn, Staff Writer

November 5th, Tens of thousands of raging fans awaited the gates of Houston, Texas anticipating the hometown showing of Travis Scott’s tour Astroworld. These fans were influenced by an earlier tweet by Scott encouraging them to rush the gates at opening to completely fill the stadium. 

Upon opening, the first signs of danger emerged. People were tripping and becoming injured, but the opening performances went pretty smoothly.

 Fans quickly started reporting the crowd getting ¨tight¨ and ¨packed¨ around 6:00 pm at the main stage (30 minutes before Scott was scheduled to go on). Around this time the people trying to leave were getting trapped and pushed to the blockades upfront. Multiple people reported trying to leave but the force from the crowd would push and sway them forward towards the stage. 

Scott is known for his crazy outgoing performances with his hardcore fans, who call themselves ¨Ragers.¨ Scott has multiple past charges of instigating a riot from his concerts and fans getting out of control. 

The amount of staff hired for the Astroworld event was very scarce, especially when you compare the amount of fans that came in during the breaching of the opening gates. The shortage of staff hired for this event with all this hype, in addition to having a past of insane concerts, seems questionable to online users.

Fans started to get worried as time got closer to 6:30 p.m., when Scott would take the stage. One fan reported to CBS ¨All of a sudden, people became pressed up against each other, pushed forward and backward. As the timer got closer, it got worse and worse.¨  

As soon as Scott arrived on stage, all 50,000 people rapidly tried to fight their way to the front to just get a single look at Scott. One fan told CNN, “Once he started, all hell broke loose. All of what is to be 50,000 people ran to the front, compressing everyone together with the little air available¨. 

Scott´s first few songs were going as smoothly as it could with 50,000 people in attendance, 20,000 more than expected. There was no sign of panic or people getting injured until the 4th song performed by Scott. That’s when the chaos started to erupt in Astroworld.

The people watching soon started to fall and trip over each other from the force of the crowd pushing against them. The overcapacity of the event was causing the people falling to get trampled and crushed by other members in the crowd. Panic arose from the crowd trying to get help for these people passing out from being squished. 

Ambulances onsite for the event rushed into the crowd with their lights and sirens on trying to get to those in need. The ambulances struggled to move an inch with there being 20,000 more people than planned at the event. 

Brave people in the crowd started giving CPR to people who were unconscious. Other people tried helping by taking the limp, unconscious bodies of people who were passed out to safety. 

Fans tried to stop the show by rushing up to the stage and yelling at Scott, who did not seem to hear the thousands of people screaming to stop the show. But he did on occasion in the show stop to help a person in distress when he saw them.  

At 9:30 p.m., three hours after Scott took the stage, local fire department officials called Astroworld a mass casualty event. Officials were worried that stopping the show sooner would instigate more riots amongst the young concert goers. 

Ultimately, the show officially stopped at 10:10 p.m., 40 minutes after being named a mass casualty event. 

Astroworld ultimately is one of the deadliest music events to occur in the country, resulting in 10 deaths of victims ranging in age from 9-27 years old.  

Scott posted an apology video on Instagram after the event in which he stated that he would help pay for the victims’ funerals and for their medical needs.