Over 22,000 partygoers at Tomorrowland Unite Barcelona 2017 were evacuated just hours ago when a massive fire broke out on site. The one-day festival, which was held in the city’s Parc de Can Zam de Santa Coloma de Gramanet, was supposed to see Steve Aoki, Afrojack, and Ingrosso take the stage, and the party was set to continue until 3am.
Scores of fans have since taken to social media to share images and videos of the fire.
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TomorrowLand Barcelona esta on fire! pic.twitter.com/0p2f7u6VQS
— Viajero del Tiempo (@Maestro_Blaster) July 29, 2017
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Several eyewitnesses said that the stage “exploded” just as they were watching the livestreamed acts from the Tomorrowland Mainstage in Belgium. As at time of writing, the cause of the fire is not yet known, although it is believed that it was triggered by a pyro/firework display that was part of the festival.
Thankfully, no injuries have been reported, but firefighters are said to fear the stage’s structure could collapse.
On their Facebook page, the Tomorrowland organisers posted up an update confirming the incident and said, “Tonight, July 29th 2017, the UNITE Barcelona stage caught fire due to a technical malfunction. Thanks to the professional intervention of the authorities all 22.000 visitors were evacuated safely and without reports of injuries. Authorities will follow up and continue the investigation with the local Spanish organiser of UNITE.”
According to local media, the festival organisers have vowed to refund the evacuated concertgoers.
Meanwhile, Tomorrowland Unite Taiwan 2017 in in Kaohsiung City has also been cancelled by the order of the local government due to the impact of Typhoon Nesat.