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At Least 20,000 Flee Concert as Stage Burns

  • Associated Press

Smoke rises from flames engulfing the stage after a fire broke out at Tomorrowland Unite Spain festival in Barcelona, Spain, July 29, 2017, in this still image from a video obtained from social media. (Alex Prim Lopez via Reuters)

A spectacular fire at a music festival in Spain has forced the evacuation of more than 20,000 concertgoers in Barcelona, the regional government says.

Images show towering flames consuming a large outdoor stage Saturday night at the Tomorrowland electronic music festival at Barcelona’s Parc de Can Zam.

Barcelona firefighters say there were no serious injuries during the concert evacuation. The event’s private security told authorities they treated 20 people for minor injuries or anxiety during the evacuation.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of the fire. The Tomorrowland website published a statement saying the “stage caught fire due to a technical malfunction.”

The festival in Barcelona was one of several offshoot events of a main Tomorrowland festival in Belgium. Organizers say the Barcelona event has been canceled following the fire.

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