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At the Astroworld music festival in Texas, a'mass casualty incident' occurred amid a push to see Travis Scott on the main stage.

At least eight people have been killed and numerous others injured in a crush that occurred during the Astroworld music festival's opening night in Houston, Texas.

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said the crowd gathered for rapper Travis Scott's performance began pushing toward the front of the stage shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday, causing panic and injuries.

People began passing out, and the mayhem at NRG Park continued until 9.38 p.m., when a "mass casualty incident" was triggered, he said.

The fire department transported 17 individuals to hospitals, 11 of whom were suffering from cardiac arrest.

The cause of the disaster was unknown at the time.

At least eight people have been killed and numerous others injured in a crush that occurred during the Astroworld music festival's opening night in Houston, Texas.

Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said the crowd gathered for rapper Travis Scott's performance began pushing toward the front of the stage shortly after 9 p.m. on Friday, causing panic and injuries.

People began passing out, and the mayhem at NRG Park continued until 9.38 p.m., when a "mass casualty incident" was triggered, he said.

The fire department transported 17 individuals to hospitals, 11 of whom were suffering from cardiac arrest.

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At NRG Park, mayhem continued until 9.38 p.m., when a "mass casualty incident" was triggered.

The cause of the disaster was unknown at the time.

"I believe it is critical that none of us speculate," said Houston Police Chief Troy Finner.

"Tonight, nobody has all the answers.

"If you lack facts and evidence, I will not speak against you."

"There are bereaved families out here."

Aerial view of Houston's Astroworld Astroworld Festival.
Aerial view of Houston's Astroworld Astroworld Festival.

Finner stated that the organizers and Scott were assisting police.

The event's organizer, Live Nation, and the venue, Astroworld, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"It all happened at once. It appeared as though it occurred spontaneously... within a matter of minutes," Houston Police Executive Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said.

"All of a sudden, we had several people on the ground, suffering from cardiac arrest or a medical episode."

According to police, the Astroworld crowd rushed towards the stage during Travis Scott's performance.
According to police, the Astroworld crowd rushed towards the stage during Travis Scott's performance.

Scott paused multiple times during his 75-minute performance, according to the Houston Chronicle, when he noticed fans in distress near the front of the stage.

He requested security to check on them and assist them in exiting the crowd. Several times, emergency vehicles with flashing lights and sirens cut through the crowds.

On Twitter, the fire department announced the establishment of a reunification center for families who have not heard from loved ones at the festival.

On day one of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park, officers from the Houston Police Department are visible.
On day one of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park, officers from the Houston Police Department are visible.

The two-day event drew a crowd of 50,000, Pena said. The festival's second day has been canceled.

"Clearly, this is a very tragic night. "Our hearts are shattered," Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo stated.

"However, tonight's focus must be on the families and the lives that have been lost. Many of them are tragically young."

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