35 dead in New Year’s celebration stampede in Shanghai

35 dead in New Year’s celebration stampede in Shanghai

[Ed. – And no, we’re not talking about an international rodeo event.  This was a stampede of human beings.]

The stampede began about 11:35 p.m. near Chenyi Square in the Bund, an area popular with both residents and tourists for its bars, restaurants and beautiful views of the Yangtze River. The cause of the incident was under investigation. By Thursday morning, 46 people remained hospitalized.

Just before the stampede began, the Shanghai police department posted a picture on its official social media account on Weibo.com showing the Bund area filled with people coming to celebrate the New Year.

“Although there were many people, everything was still in order,” the police said in the post along with the picture. “We hope people at the scene can cooperate with police officers and celebrate the New Year safely.” …

Wu Tao from Anhui province…told the paper someone began to drop coupons that looks like $100 bills from a building nearby, causing the crowd to scramble. It wasn’t clear if that triggered the stampede.

Pictures circulated on Weibo.com showed the coupons, resembling the color and design of $100 bills, scattered on the ground at the scene of the accident, with the words “M18” and “New Year 2015” on them. M18 is the name of a nightclub located on the fourth floor of the Bund 18 building, next to the scene of the incident.

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