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22,000 people evacuated as Spanish music festival is hit by catastrophic blaze on stage


Over 22,000 people were forced to be evacuated from Spanish music festival Tomorrowland Unite as a huge fire engulfed the stage.

The festival, which takes at the Can Zam Park in Santa Coloma de Gramenet place near Barcelona, was in flames after a reported pyrotechnic element malfunctioned went wrong.

No injuries have been reported and the festival confirmed all visitors had been safely evaculated as videos on social media show flames ripping up the side of the stage.

The director general of civil protection in Catalunya also tweeted that 22,143 people had been evacuated.

“Tonight, July 29th 2017, the UNITE Barcelona stage caught fire due to a technical malfunction,” the statement from the read festival. “Thanks to the professional intervention of the authorities all 22.000 visitors were evacuated safely and without reports of injuries. Authorities will follow up and continue the investigation with the local Spanish organizer of UNITE.”

DJ Steve Aoki had been due to perform on stage a few hours later. Here’s some of the footage:

This is the second major incident to hit a Spanish music festival this summer after the tragic death of a performer at Madrid’s Mad Cool festival earlier in the month.

An acrobat tragically fell 100ft to his death moments before Green Day took to the stage and it is believed around 35,000 people witnessed the performer fall around from a cage suspended above the Spanish crowd.

Pedro Aunion Monroy, the 42-year-old who lived in Brighton, took to the stage after Alt-J’s performance to fill the gap until Green Day arrived.

[MORE] – Read the full story of Mad Cool Festival. 

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