22,000 Evacuated From Tomorrowland Festival After Stage Catches Fire
A crowd of 22,000 pop fans have been evacuated from the Tomorrowland Unite Spain festival after the stage was engulfed in flames.
Fire erupted at one of the world’s most popular music festivals which was being held in Barcelona.
Fans fled in terror as the inferno took hold, sending smoke billowing into the sky as the massive speaker system caught fire.
Emergency services rushed to the scene. Everybody was evacuated safely, although some spectators were treated for anxiety attacks.
Among the stars appearing at the festival was Steve Aoki, whose collaboration with One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson – Just Hold On – soared to the top of the charts.
The cause of the fire remains unclear, although it is believed that it could have been triggered by a firework display which was part of the show.
“The fire brigade’s initial hypothesis is that there was an overheating of the material used in the construction of the stage during the presentation of a pyrotechnic spectacle,” the Globo website reported.
On Facebook, Tomorrowland organisers said: “Tonight, July 29th 2017, the UNITE Barcelona stage caught fire due to a technical malfunction.
“Thanks to the professional intervention of the authorities all 22.000 visitors were evacuated safely and without reports of injuries.