10 Crushed at Indonesia Concert

Panic fueled by alcohol, witnesses say
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Feb 10, 2008 7:30 AM CST
Medical team identify victims who died at punk rock concert at hospital in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Feb 9,2008. A stampede at an Indonesian punk rock concert killed 10 people and injured...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – At least ten people were killed yesterday when they were crushed in a stampede of fans at a punk rock concert in Indonesia. The victims, mostly teenagers, died as a mob of concertgoers tried to leave the jam-packed venue as others were still streaming in, and the crowd panicked, according to some reports. Other witnesses said drunk fans triggered the panic as they stormed through the crowd.

"Those who were drunk went amok, kicking everything," one witness told Reuters. "Those in the middle of the crowd were crushed and trampled." The small performance space in the city of Bandung in West Java, 100 miles east of Jakarta, held twice as many people as the 700 legally permitted, according to the BBC.