Photo Gallery A Catastrophe at the Love Parade

The 2010 Love Parade in the German city of Duisburg has ended in tragedy after 19 people died and hundreds were injured in a stampede. Panic broke out in a tunnel after the festival site was closed due to overcrowding.
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An aerial shot of the Love Parade in Duisburg: Police estimate that 1.4 million people attended the massive techno festival, which was staged on the grounds of a former freight railway station.

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But revellers had to enter the event grounds through a single tunnel. And just after 5 p.m., mass panic broke out.

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People stampeded as they tried to get into the event grounds.

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Authorities are facing tough questions in the city about why there was a sole entrance to the mass event, the tunnel of a highway underpass.

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When the panic erupted, police told revelers to turn around and walk in the other direction, but people continued to pile in, causing a deadly crush.

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Some tried to escape the crowds by climbing up a narrow staircase. Others, like in this picture, climbed up light poles. Some reports say that the panic was initially caused by people falling off of poles such as this one.

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This picture was taken just before mass panic gripped the crowds waiting to get into the Love Parade party.

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Here, people attempt to escape the mass panic by climbing onto a container.

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The crowds outside the entrance to the tunnel were thick and cramped.

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Here, revellers flee out of the tunnel and the deadly stampede.

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Some climbed up the incline alongside the underpass to reach safety.

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It took hours before officials could restore calm.

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Police are seen here patrolling the underpass tunnel after it was cleared. Saturday's tragedy was the worst of its kind since nine people were crushed to death in 2000 at the Roskilde music festival in Denmark.

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Medical supplies from the emergency rescue effort could still be seen on the ground hours later.

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Mourning the dead: A candle was laid behind a temporary fence that had been toppled. Commenting on the tragedy on Saturday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "The young people came to celebrate and instead there are dead and injured. I am horrified by the suffering and the pain."

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Emergency workers provide treatment to a person who collapsed during the panic. Many people had to be resuscitated.

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An injured man is taken away from the scene. A police spokesperson described the situation on Saturday as "very chaotic."

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The exit from the tunnel right after the disaster unfolded. Because of the massive crowd, it took emergency workers a long time to get to the injured.

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According to police on Sunday, all of those who died were found outside of the tunnel, near areas where people were desperately trying to escape the crush.

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Emergency workers bring a woman to safety. Hundreds of revellers were injured in the disaster.

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Treating the injured: Eyewitnesses said that police had warned of the danger of a mass panic just before the tragedy occurred.

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After the tragedy happened, city officials in Duisburg decided to let the event to continue in order to prevent further panic. They also opened up additional emergency exits as they treated the injured in the tunnel.

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A crying attendee: Many participants in the Love Parade on Saturday were deeply traumatized by the events. When news of the stampeding crowd broke, the mobile phone network in Duisburg temporarily collapsed because of heavy call volume, making it difficult for people to find out if family members were safe. The parents of some youth even drove to the site to try to find their children.

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Providing help for the collapsed: Some witnesses said that people with first-aid training tried to resuscitate people because medics weren't able to get to the scene quickly enough.

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Ambulences outside the Love Parade. Officials closed the A59 autobahn next to the party site so that ambulences and helicopters could transport the injured.

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Police at the enclosed event grounds. Around 1,200 police were deployed to provide security at the event, which was attended by more than a million people.

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The disaster happened around 5 p.m., but the DJs continued to play until 11 p.m. Officials felt it was better to go on with the show and not have any mass movements of people at one time.

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On Sunday, locals laid flowers and candles at the site of the deaths.

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"The Love Parade was always a peaceful event and a happy party," current Love Parade organizer Rainer Schaller said. But it will be forever overshadowed by the tragedy. "It's over for the Love Parade," he said.

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