Stampede Kills 3 Women at Madrid Halloween Party
Police suggest firecracker sparked stampede in crowded venue
By Mark Russell, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2012 8:45 AM CDT
Empty bottles and other debris lie outside the closed gates of the Madrid Arena venue in Madrid, earlier today. Three women died and two injured in a stampede during a large Halloween Night party at the...   (AP Photo/Paul White)

(Newser) – A Halloween party went horribly wrong in Madrid last night, leaving three young women dead and two more in serious condition, reports El Pais. An exploding firecracker around 4am at a crowded electronic music party reportedly caused a stampede. Two women were found dead at the scene, while another died soon after arriving at the hospital. The arena was authorized for up to 10,600 people; although organizers said it was not sold out, police are investigating whether capacity and safety regulations were followed.

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