A look at some of the world’s top crowd disasters


HOUSTON – Fans of a Houston music festival rushed to the stage during a performance by rapper Travis Scott, causing crowds to panic and leaving at least eight people dead and many more injured, authorities said. Here’s a look at some of the top crowd disasters over the past few decades:

Dec. 3, 1979 – Eleven people are killed as thousands of fans rush to attend a Who concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.

Oct. 20, 1982 – Sixty-six people die in a crush of supporters leaving a UEFA Cup match between Spartak Moscow and Haarlem, of the Netherlands, at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.

May 28, 1985 – Thirty-nine people died in fan violence during the 1985 European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus at Heysel Stadium in Brussels.

March 13, 1988 – Ninety-three people are killed when thousands of football fans crowd locked stadium exits to escape a sudden hailstorm in Kathmandu, Nepal.

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April 15, 1989 – Ninety-seven people die and hundreds are injured in a crowd of fans at the crowded Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England. A victim died in June of aspiration pneumonia, to which he had remained vulnerable due to injuries from the disaster.

July 2, 1990 – During the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia, 1,426 Muslim pilgrims, mostly from Asia, die in and around a long pedestrian tunnel leading from Mecca to Mina.

Jan. 13, 1991 – Forty-two people were killed when supporters tried to escape brawls at Oppenheimer Stadium in South Africa.

May 23, 1994 – A mob of pilgrims at the hajj kills 270 Muslim pilgrims.

November 23, 1994 – A panicked crush at a political protest in Nagpur, India kills 113.

October 16, 1996 – Eighty-four people die and 147 are injured as panicked fans are crushed and suffocated before a World Cup qualifier between Guatemala and Costa Rica in Guatemala City.

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April 9, 1998 – A crowd of pilgrims on a bridge in Mecca kills 118 hajj pilgrims.

April 11, 2001 – At least 43 people are crushed to death during a football match at Ellis Park in Johannesburg, South Africa.

May 9, 2001 – Over 120 people were killed when police fired tear gas at a rowdy crowd at a stadium in the Ghanaian capital Accra, causing panic.

February 17, 2003 – Twenty-one are crushed to death on the stairs to Chicago nightclub E2.

February 20, 2003 – Fireworks at a Great White concert at Station nightclub in Warwick, Rhode Island, start a fire that kills 100 people and injures more than 200 others.

February 1, 2004 – A panic during a hajj ritual at the Jamarat Bridge near Mecca kills 251.

January 25, 2005 – Panic among Hindu pilgrims near the Mandhradevi temple in Maharashtra, India, kills 265.

August 31, 2005 – At least 640 Shia Muslim pilgrims in Baghdad are killed when a railing on a bridge collapses during a religious procession, sending dozens into the Tigris.

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January 12, 2006 – A panic among Muslim pilgrims at a hajj ceremony near Mecca kills 345.

February 4, 2006 – Seventy-eight people are killed in a crush of panic that occurred during the stampede of the PhilSports Arena in Manila, Philippines, while waiting for an audition for a television variety show.

September 30, 2008 – At least 168 people are killed and 100 injured when thousands of Hindu pilgrims panic at a temple in Jodhpur, India.

July 24, 2010 – Twenty-one people die and more than 650 are injured in a crash in a crowded tunnel that was the only access point to the Love Parade music festival in Duisburg, Germany.

November 22, 2010 – More than 340 people are killed and hundreds more injured in a panic crash at a festival in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh.

January 27, 2013 – A fire kills more than 200 people at the Kiss nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil.

September 24, 2015 – At least 2,411 Muslim pilgrims die from being crushed during the hajj in Saudi Arabia.

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April 30, 2021 – Forty-five people are killed and dozens more injured in a panic crush during the annual Mount Meron pilgrimage to Israel.

November 5, 2021 – Fans at a Houston music festival march on the stage during a performance by rapper Travis Scott, triggering a panic that leaves at least eight dead and many more injured.

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