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5 dead, 70 injured after Belgium's PUKKELPOP stage collapses

Posted by on August 19, 2011 at 12:15 pm

The winds have been fucking massive lately, as yet again, another stage collapses in Hasselt, Belgium during this year's Pukkelpop festival where Bullet For My Valentine, Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon, and others were scheduled to perform. At least five people were killed, and at least 70 injured as towers, stage equipment, and other objects were thrown around and demolished from the high winds.

From Pukkelpop's website:

Pukkelpop is in deep mourning. We truly sympathise with the families and friends of the victims.

Words are not enough. We have struggled with the decision to continue the festival. Therefore we have decided to cancel Pukkelpop 2011.

What has happened is very exceptional and could not have been predicted. We are deeply moved by all the spontaneous support the festival goers and the organisation have received.

We call on all Pukkelpoppers to return home calmly. Extra buses and trains have been organised to bring everybody home.

Undoubtedly many of you have many practical questions. That is why we ask you to direct them to info@pukkelpop.be.

We ask everyone to understand that this decision was extremely difficult to make.

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