SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A stampede killed at least 35 people and injured 43 during New Year's Eve celebrations in Shanghai, on the city's famed waterfront tourist strip known as the Bund.
The city’s annual New Year’s eve 3D laser display on the Bund was cancelled this year, after taking place for the last three years, according to Shanghai Daily.
One week before the New Year, Shanghai authorities cancelled the event which attracted nearly 300,000 people last year, reportedly due to crowd control issues.
many of the injured were students.
Densely packed crowds of revelers along the Bund, which is lined with buildings from Shanghai's pre-communist heyday on the bank of the Huangpu River.
Stampede was caused by people rushing to pick up fake money thrown from a building overlooking the city's famed Bund waterfront district.
medical workers stand outside the emergency ward of the No. 1 People's Hospital of Shanghai after a stampede caused casualties among people who took part in New Year's celebrations in Shanghai, early on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. The report says the death and injuries occurred at the city's riverfront Bund area, which can be jammed with spectators for major events.
Security personnel (front) and policemen stand next to an entrance to a hospital where injured people of a stampede incident are treated, in Shanghai, January 1, 2015.
concern about crowd control in the days leading up to New Year's eve. They recently canceled an annual 3D laser show on the Bund that last year attracted as many as 300,000 people.