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Stampede deaths

©Associated Press
February 18, 2003

Some cases of crowd stampede deaths over the years at concerts, soccer stadiums, religious gatherings and other events.

At music venues

Dec. 3, 1979, Cincinnati: 11 killed in a crush to get into a concert by the Who.

Aug. 29, 1980, Maseru, Lesotho: About 20 people killed in a stampede when police in the African country fired tear gas into a crowd trying to force its way into a concert by singer Steve Kekana.

Sept. 30, 1987, Mexico City: Four killed when 25,000 people waiting for a performance by Timbiriche, Flans and Fresas pushed into the concert area.

Dec. 19, 1987, Nashville: Two teens killed in the crush of a crowd departing from a Public Enemy concert.

Jan. 18, 1991, Salt Lake City: Three teens killed when the crowd at an AC-DC concert rushed the stage.

Dec. 28, 1991, New York: Eight suffocated in pileup of people trying to get into City College of New York gymnasium for charity basketball game played by rappers.

May 30, 1999, Minsk, Belarus: 53 killed when a crowd fleeing a storm at a rock concert and beer festival stampeded in an underground passage.

July 1, 2000, Copenhagen, Denmark: Eight killed in crush of fans trying to get closer to Pearl Jam at an outdoor concert.

Feb. 17, 2003, Chicago: At least 21 killed at a Chicago nightclub when guests rushed to the exits after someone used Mace or pepper spray.

At soccer stadiums

June 23, 1968, Buenos Aires: 74 killed when soccer fans try to leave stadium by closed exit and are crushed by others.

March 12, 1988, Katmandu, Nepal: At least 93 killed and more than 100 injured when soccer fans fleeing a hailstorm stampede into locked stadium exits.

April 15, 1989, Sheffield, England: 95 crushed to death when police opened gates to alleviate crowding at soccer match.

June 16, 1996, Lusaka, Zambia: Nine soccer fans crushed to death and 78 others injured during a stampede.

April 11, 2001, Johannesburg, South Africa: 43 people killed and 155 injured as fans try to push into overcrowded stadium.

At religious festivals

July 2, 1990, Mecca, Saudi Arabia: 1,426 pilgrims killed in a stampede in an overcrowded pedestrian tunnel leading to holy sites. It is the worst hajj tragedy.

May 23, 1994, Mecca, Saudi Arabia: 270 killed in a stampede as worshipers surge during stoning of the devil ritual.

April 9, 1998, Mina, Saudi Arabia: About 180 trampled to death when panic erupted after several pilgrims fell off an overpass.

March 5, 2001, Mina, Saudi Arabia: 35 killed in stampede during stoning of the devil ritual.

March 31, 2001, Multan, Pakistan: 30 people killed when crowd of worshipers surged through the gates of a shrine.

Feb. 11, 2003, Mina, Saudi Arabia: 14 Muslim pilgrims trampled to death at a ritual near the end of the hajj pilgrimage.

Other stampede tragedies

Dec. 4, 1999, Vienna: Five people trampled to death in a stampede of spectators at a snowboarding event.

Dec. 1, 2001, Gaibandha, Bangladesh: At least 31 killed in a stampede of people scrambling for charity clothes.

July 21, 2001, Akashi, Japan: 11 trampled to death when youths pushing through a crowd at a fireworks festival triggered a stampede.

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