Miami police and fire rescue crews are on their way to Bayfront Park downtown Miami to respond to what is being reported on emergency radios as the collapse of a stage during a sound check for tomorrow’s Ultra Music Festival.
Sources said about 8:15 p.m. that there are several injuries. Three people are in ambulances on their way to Jackson Memorial Hospital and several other people are being treated at the scene.
Starting tomorrow, crowds estimated at around 60,000 people per night are expected at the park nightly for the giant DJ festival.
The event, possibly the biggest electronic music festival in the world, takes place over the next two weekend and features DJing’s biggest names, including Afrojack, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia and more. Rapper Snoop Dogg will also perform.
Sound checks, which have become popular for fans who don’t want to fight the crowds, started last night on the stages sets up in the waterfront park.
8:45 p.m. UPDATE: The Gossip Extra man at the scene says there could be as many as 20 people injured in tonight’s collapse of a stage at the Ultra Music Festival!
8:56 p.m. UPDATE: A law enforcement source says that two of those injured in tonight’s collapse of a stage at the Ultra Music Festival downtown Miami are in critical condition. What’s more, Miami authorities have notified the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) of the accident. OSHA investigators are expected at the scene within hours.
9:20 p.m. UPDATE: The Miami Herald reports that the accident could have been caused by falling lighting equipment.
10 p.m. UPDATE: Miami Fire Rescue Lt. Ignatius Carroll tells Gossip Extra that a LED video panel about 20 feet long and 8 wide crashed onto the stage. Two workers were crushed, a third was injured by flying debris and a fourth was traumatized. All four were transported to area hospitals. The two who were hit by the LED panel are in critical condition. Carroll said fire marshals, OSHA agents and engineers will inspect the stage tomorrow morning to check for structural damage.