Hours before Steve Aoki was due to perform, crowds were forced to flee the Barcelona festival. Over 22,000 were successfully evacuated, with no injuries reported. Videos on social media show the flames spreading in a matter of minutes, having originated beneath the big screen on the right of the stage. The cause of the fire is as yet to be confirmed, but has been blamed on a technical malfunction by the festival organisers. Local media and witnesses allege fireworks or pyrotechnic effects started the blaze.
A statement read:
“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.”
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