One individual was killed and dozens injured when excessive winds prompted a part of the primary stage to break down at a dance music pageant close to the Spanish metropolis of Valencia within the early hours of Saturday, regional emergency providers mentioned.
Different infrastructure was additionally broken when gusts battered the Medusa Pageant, an enormous digital music pageant held over six days within the east coast city of Cullera, south of Valencia.
The pageant, the place French DJ David Guetta was attributable to play on Saturday, had DJs scheduled to play all through the night time on Friday throughout 5 levels.
Of the injured, three suffered severe trauma accidents and 14 had extra minor accidents, regional emergency providers tweeted. Regional well being authorities mentioned later that 40 folks had been attended to.
“We’re fully devastated and saddened at what occurred this morning,” organisers mentioned in a press release on the pageant’s Fb web page.
They mentioned “extraordinary” climate circumstances had prompted harm to varied infrastructure on the pageant website.
“At round 4 within the morning surprising and violent robust winds destroyed sure areas of the pageant, forcing administration to make the speedy determination to vacate the live performance space to ensure the protection of attendees, employees and artists,” organisers mentioned.
The pageant was suspended in the interim, they mentioned.
DJ Miguel Serna was on the primary stage from 3am to 4am when the incident occurred.
“It was a tense jiffy, I’ve by no means skilled something prefer it earlier than,” he wrote in an Instagram story on Saturday.
“The tragedy occurred simply on the finish of my session on the primary stage, slightly below it, which was essentially the most affected (space). It was a number of moments of horror, I’m nonetheless in shock.”
Nationwide broadcaster TVE confirmed photographs of robust gusts of wind battering towards folks’s tents in the midst of the night time.
“We’re in a state of shock as a result of we had been 30 metres away (from the stage). It might have been me, it might have been anybody,” Jesus Carretero, who was on the pageant along with his brother, informed TVE.
Nationwide climate company AEMET mentioned there had been “robust gusts of wind and a sudden rise in temperatures” throughout the night time, with gusts of 82 kph (51 mph) recorded at Alicante airport within the Valencia area.
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