Saturday, February 04, 2006

Philippine stadium stampede kills 73

Update: Tried posting this early this a.m. but due to blogger tech problems it is late being reported:
MANILA (Reuters) - Seventy-three people were killed in a stampede at a stadium in Manila on Saturday as they scrambled to get into a popular Philippine television game show offering cash and other prizes, the health secretary and witnesses said.
Another excerpt:
Some witnesses said chaos erupted when someone shouted "bomb" but others reported a railing collapsed as people were being let into the stadium, causing guards to panic and slam shut the gate on the surging crowd.
Another excerpt:
Some tickets for the first anniversary celebration of the game show "Wowowee", which picks contestants at random from the audience, were given out earlier in the week.But thousands of fans, many of them poor, camped out for days for a chance at the usual jackpot of 1 million pesos (54,000 pounds) and special prizes of a car and a house with land. Source-Full Story
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