One Direction's world tour kicked off on Sunday, April 27, in Peru, but things did not go as planned. According to The Daily Mail, dozens of fans were injured after a stampede during the show.
As the band came onstage, thousands of fans apparently rushed the stage, injuring hundreds in front of them. Nearly 50 fans required medical treatment, and the band stopped playing and threatened to walk offstage in hopes everyone would settle down. It's not yet clear if anyone was seriously injured, but after the incident, emergency personnel set up treatment centers around the venue to help anyone injured.
"We treated 47 children with the first stages of asphyxia. Everything is under control. We have nothing to be ashamed of — we've handled the situation well," Mario Cassareto, head of Peru's volunteer fire service, told a radio station in Peru. "We put in place a second evacuation plan so that the younger fans were not affected."
One Direction was playing at the 40,000-capacity Estadio Nacional stadium in Lima, and a fan video showed Niall Horan telling the crowd: "If you don't want anyone to take us off the stage, make sure you stay back."
The tour is a big wake-up call for the band, and they seem to be realizing what an impact 1D really has all over the world. Earlier that day, Liam had posted a photo of his fans outside his hotel.
It's so crazy I feel like I haven't done enough to deserve that kind of appreciation gunna spend my day in a state of shock love you guys— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) April 26, 2014
I will never understand, and you will never understand what this does to somebody ...why? no one could deserve this pic.twitter.com/JITFdipPvY— Liam Payne (@Real_Liam_Payne) April 26, 2014
Although there have been rumors that One Direction will be breaking up, the band member's tweets show they are still very happy to be bringing their music to their fans — as long as their fans appreciate them in an orderly manner.
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