HOUSTON (AP) – A congressional committee has launched an investigation into the promoter of the Astroworld music festival in Houston, in which 10 people were killed in a huge crowd surge and attendees were packed so tightly that many failed could neither breathe nor move their arms.
The House Oversight and Reform Committee sent a letter to Live Nation Entertainment Inc. CEO Michael Rapino on Wednesday requesting information on the company’s role in the November 5 festival and concert by rap superstar Travis Scott.
The information requested by the committee included details on security, crowd control and planning for mass casualties; details on pre-show briefings by Live Nation LYV,
or are subsidiaries on security issues; and what steps the concert promoter will take to prevent injury or death at future events.
“Recent reports raise serious concerns as to whether your company has taken adequate measures to ensure the safety of the 50,000 spectators who attended the Astroworld festival,” the committee said in the letter.
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The committee is asking Live Nation to provide documentation on the issues by January 7 and to provide a briefing to committee members by January 12.
Such a briefing would take place behind closed doors and not open to the public.
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“We are helping the local authorities with their investigation and will of course also share information with the Committee. Safety is at the heart of live events and Live Nation engages in detailed safety planning in coordination with local stakeholders including law enforcement, firefighters and EMTs. We are heartbroken by the events of Astroworld and our deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of the victims, ”Live Nation said in a statement.
The youngest of the 10 victims was 9-year-old Ezra Blount. The other people who died were between 14 and 27 years old.
Some 300 people were injured and treated at the festival site, and 25 were taken to hospitals.
Last week, officials announced that those killed at the concert died of compression asphyxiation. A medical expert said the crowd pressure at the event was so great that it quickly forced all the air out of the victims’ lungs, causing them to pass out in about a minute and die because of organs. critics, such as the heart and brain, have become depleted of oxygen.
Almost 400 lawsuits were filed for injuries and deaths at the concert, many against Live Nation and Scott.