HOUSTON – A congressional committee launched an investigation into the promoter of the Astroworld music festival in Houston, in which 10 people were killed in a massive crowd surge and members were packed so tightly that many could not breathe or move their hands.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee sent a letter Wednesday to the President and CEO of Live Nation Entertainment Inc. Michael Rapino for information on the company’s role in the November 5 festival and concert hosted by rap superstar Travis Scott.
The information requested by the committee included details on security, riot control and planning for mass casualty incidents; details of any security briefings prior to Live Nation or its subsidiaries; and what steps the concert promoter will take to prevent injury or death at future events.
“The latest reports raise serious concerns about whether your company has taken adequate measures to ensure the safety of the 50,000 concert goers who attended the Astroworld Festival,” the committee said in a letter.
The committee is asking Live Nation to provide documentation on the issues by January 7 and hold a briefing for committee members by January 12.
This briefing will be held behind closed doors and closed to the public.
“We are helping local authorities in their investigation and, of course, we will share information with the committee. Security is the backbone of live events, and Live Nation engages in detailed security planning in coordination with local stakeholders including law enforcement, firefighters, and healthcare professionals. “We are heartbroken over the events at Astroworld, and we offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of the victims,” Live Nation said in a statement.
The youngest of the 10 victims was 9-year-old Ezra Blount. The rest, who died as headliner Scott, took to the stage between the ages of 14 and 27.
About 300 people were injured and treated at the festival site, and 25 people were taken to hospitals.
Last week, officials said the people killed at the concert died of compression asphyxiation. The medical expert says the crowd pressure at the event was so intense that he quickly squeezed all the air out of the victims’ lungs, causing them to pass out for a minute or so and die as critical organs such as the heart and brain were exhausted. oxygen.
About 400 lawsuits have been filed for injury and death at the concert, including many against Live Nation and Scott.
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