Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Climate Change (aka AGW) blamed for 3 deaths at Pukkelpop Festival

Smith Westerns' Album Cover
D&T report from Belgium on stage collapse at the Pukkelpop Festival at which it is reported that "three people killed and 60 injured, with 11 of those injuries serious."(Link in title)
The Smith Westerns were on stage when it went down. They tweeted, “Stage collapsed max almost got crushed by the tress. I hope pukkelpop has insurance bc all our shit is broke” and “Praying no one got hurt. Wtf.” In addition to Pukkelpop and the Indiana State Fair, a Flaming Lips stage fell apart during a storm in Oklahoma, damaging about $800,000 worth of equipment, and Cheap Trick narrowly avoided disaster when their stage collapsed during the Ottawa Blues Festival.
Like all the other collapses this summer, Pukkelpop happened when a massive storm blew into the area. It seems like climate change, shoddy construction, or some combination of the two has made outdoor festivals downright scary and dangerous.
Several videos are on the linked site. TCS blog didn't think it was tasteful to add them here.

(H/ T Marc Morano)

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