Sixty four people were killed and one hundred and twenty others ware injured when an audience of sixty thousand panicked and stampeded to the inadequate exits of Pus-an Stadium, South Korea, July 18.
GV Stadium entrance.
LV Stadium entrance.
TV Seats in Stadium.
LV Hospital ward.
LV Injured in beds.
CU Injured boy.
CU Injured receives drink.
SV Injured boy receives blood Transfusion.
CU Blood Plasma.
LV Hospital Ward injured families.
SV Woman identifies dead son.
SV Demented woman is supported.
LV Coffin carried from hospital.
SV Coffin into ambulance.
LA PAN Ambulance leaving.
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Background: Sixty four people were killed and one hundred and twenty others ware injured when an audience of sixty thousand panicked and stampeded to the inadequate exits of Pus-an Stadium, South Korea, July 18.
Heaped bodies blocked the exits but still thousands surged, jostled and fought to get out.
A special "Pus-an Citizen's Night" variety show, organized by a local newspaper, featured comedians and singers specially imported from the capital, Seoul. Despite previous weather forecasts that Typhoon "Billie" would strike at Pus-an that very evening, the great crowd, in the atmosphere of great excitement, sat back to enjoy itself.
Half-way through the show a sudden strong wind blew up and it began to rain. With the threat of the Typhoon in their minds the audience rose up as one body and fled from the exits in great confusion. Eighty policemen on duty found themselves inadequate to the situation, and when the stampeding got worse, fired their guns in the air hoping to shock the crowd to a standstill. The effect was quite the reverse. Noise of the gun-fire only added to the mob's hysteria.
Sixty four people, mostly children, fell down and were trampled on by the surging mass. Most of the dead have now been identified by relatives, but the injured remain in Pus-an University Hospital.