• Short Summary

    Sixty four people were killed and one hundred and twenty others ware injured when an audience of sixty thousand panicked and stampeded to the inadequate exits of Pus-an Stadium, South Korea, July 18.

  • Description

    Sixty four people were killed and one hundred and twenty others ware injured when an audience of sixty thousand panicked and stampeded to the inadequate exits of Pus-an Stadium, South Korea, July 18.

    Heaped bodies blocked the exits but still thousands surged, jostled and fought to get out.

    A special "Pus-an Citizen's Night" variety show, organized by a local newspaper, featured comedians and singers specially imported from the capital, Seoul. Despite previous weather forecasts that Typhoon "Billie" would strike at Pus-an that very evening, the great crowd, in the atmosphere of great excitement, sat back to enjoy itself.

    Half-way through the show a sudden strong wind blew up and it began to rain. With the threat of the Typhoon in their minds the audience rose up as one body and fled from the exits in great confusion. Eighty policemen on duty found themselves inadequate to the situation, and when the stampeding got worse, fired their guns in the air hoping to shock the crowd to a standstill. The effect was quite the reverse. Noise of the gun-fire only added to the mob's hysteria.

    Sixty four people, mostly children, fell down and were trampled on by the surging mass. Most of the dead have now been identified by relatives, but the injured remain in Pus-an University Hospital.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9TPVLLQFYWZT9AEGSBIW4KUHS
    Media URN:
    VLVA9TPVLLQFYWZT9AEGSBIW4KUHS
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:06:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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