Stampede Kills 3 Women at Madrid Halloween Party

Police suggest firecracker sparked stampede in crowded venue
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 1, 2012 8:45 AM CDT
Stampede Kills 3 Women at Madrid Halloween Party
Empty bottles and other debris lie outside the closed gates of the Madrid Arena venue in Madrid, earlier today. Three women died and two injured in a stampede during a large Halloween Night party at the venue.    (AP Photo/Paul White)

A Halloween party went horribly wrong in Madrid last night, leaving three young women dead and two more in serious condition, reports El Pais. An exploding firecracker around 4am at a crowded electronic music party reportedly caused a stampede. Two women were found dead at the scene, while another died soon after arriving at the hospital. The arena was authorized for up to 10,600 people; although organizers said it was not sold out, police are investigating whether capacity and safety regulations were followed. (More Spain stories.)

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