New Year’s Tragedy: 36 Dead, Over 40 Injured in Shanghai Stampede

Crowds of people were at the Bund to celebrate New Year's when a stampede broke out. (Image: Weibo)
Crowds of people were at the Bund to celebrate New Year's when a stampede broke out. (Image: Weibo)

Just as 2015 was about to arrive in China, chaos broke out on Shanghai’s historic waterfront where many had gathered to see in the New Year.

Local authorities said early on Jan. 1 that 35 people died, and 48 were injured, mostly students, after coupons that looked like US dollars were thrown from a high-rise building, and triggered a stampede.

The incident happened around 11:30 p.m local time at the Bund, which used to be a commercial area, but is now a popular tourist destination.

An onlooker called Cui Tingting picked up some of the notes, but dropped them after she saw they were fake, according to The Straits TimesShe said:

It’s too cruel. People in front of us had already fallen to the floor, and others were stepping all over them.

However, another witness named Wei added that people had been trying to get onto a platform by the river, and this was a contributing factor.

The cause of the accident is being investigated. Ironically, the countdown show was being celebrated at a new location due to safety concerns, because almost 300,000 people attended at the traditional site last year, causing a traffic jam.

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