Pukkelpop cancelled as death toll climbs to five

Festival "in deep mourning" following stage collapse.
Image courtesy Pino Misuraca/Getty.
Image courtesy Pino Misuraca/Getty.


Organisers canceled the Pukkelpop music festival in Belgium as the death toll from a stage collapse climbed to five.

"Pukkelpop is in deep mourning," said a statement on the event's website Friday.

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The mayor of Hasselt, 50 miles east of Brussels, said Friday that two more people had died in addition to the three confirmed dead after the collapse on Thursday, the Associated Press reported. About 140 were injured. All of those killed were Belgian.

The stage scaffolding and canvas tents (left) came down during a sudden thunderstorm. Many of the 60,000 attendees trekked through mud to leave the festival grounds; others tried to stay. Festival organizers initially said the event would go on Friday, but later rescinded those plans. They said Friday that the grounds were completely closed.

The tragedy came just days after another stage collapse, this one at the Indiana State Fair. Five front-row fans were killed and dozens of people were injured when winds took down the stage.

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