Paris, 2021-12-22 22:07:59. US Congressional panel investigates deadly Astroworld party
HOUSTON – A US congressional commission has launched an investigation into the promoter of the Astroworld music festival in Houston, in which 10 people were killed during a large crowd and the crowd crowded so hard that many could not breathe or move their arms.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee sent a letter Wednesday to the president and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment Inc. , Michael Rapinoe, requesting information about the company’s role at the November 5 Festival and rap star Travis Scott’s concert.
The information requested by the commission included details about security, crowd control and planning for mass casualty incidents; Details of any pre-show briefings by Live Nation or its affiliates regarding any safety concerns; And what steps will the concert promoter take to prevent injuries or deaths in future events?
“Recent reports raise serious concerns about whether your company has taken appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the 50,000 concert-goers who attended the Astroworld Festival,” the committee said in the letter.
The Committee requests that Live Nation submit documentation on questions by January 7 and brief the Committee members by January 12.
Such a briefing will be behind closed doors and will not be open to the public.
“We assist local authorities with their investigations and will of course share information with the commission as well. Safety is of the essence for live events and Live Nation engages in detailed security planning in coordination with local stakeholders including law enforcement, fire and EMT professionals. We are heartbroken by the events that I fell in Astroworld, and our deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of the victims.”
The youngest of the 10 victims is 9-year-old Ezra Blount. The other people who died as headliner Scott on stage were between 14 and 27 years old.
About 300 people were injured and treated at the festival site, and 25 were taken to hospitals.
Officials announced last week that the dead at the party died of compression suffocation. A medical expert says the pressure from the increased crowds at the event was so great that it quickly squeezed all the air out of the victims’ lungs, causing them to faint within a minute or so and die because critical organs, such as the heart and brain, were out of oxygen.
Nearly 400 lawsuits have been filed regarding injuries and deaths at the concert, including several against Live Nation and Scott.
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