Video shows fans 'stampede' through Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival entrance and bypass a security checkpoint

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Travis Scott performs on day one of the Astroworld Music Festival at NRG Park on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, in Houston. Amy Harris/Invision/AP
  • At least eight people have died and 300 injured at Travis Scott's Astroworld Festival.

  • Videos shared online showed fans bypassing security checkpoints as they rushed into the event.

  • An ABC13 reporter said that "hundreds" of people "destroyed" the VIP security section.

Footage taken at the Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, on Friday showed fans overwhelming venue entrances, including "hundreds" of people who "destroyed" the VIP security entrance while others bypassed checkpoints, according to a Twitter video posted by ABC13 reporter Mycah Hatfield.

At least eight people died and more than 300 injured after a crowd surge at Travis Scott's annual music festival, Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena told reporters at a news conference.

Attendees have taken to social media with personal accounts and videos of the incident.

Hatfield shared a nearly two-minute video taken at around 2 p.m. at NRG Park in which excited fans rushed through a VIP security checkpoint. At least one attendee was filmed climbing over a nearby fence into the event.

It appeared in the video that security on foot and police on horses attempted to stop the attendees, but many sprinted through. The video shows two checkpoint stands being toppled over at one point, causing attendees to hop over equipment as others got caught underneath.

"As we were arriving to the Astroworld Festival at NRG Park right at 2:00, a stampede burst through the gates," Hatfield wrote in the video's caption. "Hundreds of people destroyed the VIP security entrance, bypassing the checkpoint. People were trampled. Some were detained."

Following the incident, an attendee who claimed to be an ICU nurse shared details about the scene.

She wrote in an Instagram post that there were not enough medics available at the event, and teenagers had to perform CPR.

Representatives for Travis Scott did not comment on the footage that showed crowds rushing into the event.

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