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    Mon, 22 Aug 2011 13:05:25

    Pukkelpop Fest Canceled After Stage Collapse - Five are reported dead, 140 injured

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    In the wake of a stage collapse which killed five and injured up to 140 people, the organizers of the Belgium Pukkelpop Festival canceled the remainder of the event on Friday.

    The festival is one of the biggest of the summer for that region, but with the death toll and the injuries, along with bands like 30 Seconds to Mars canceling their appearance, it was a smart, respectful move on the part of those who run Pukkelpop.

    "This started out as a huge festival with happy people partying and ended up as our biggest nightmare," Hilde Claes, the mayor of Hasselt, and the festival organizer, Chokri Mahassine, said in a statement released Friday morning. "We want to emphasize that what happened here was exceptional and unforeseeable."

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.

    Have you been following the Pukkelpop tragedy?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    08.22.11



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