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Several others injured during the first night’s stampede of the Astroworld Festival in Houston, Texas, authorities say.

At least eight people were killed in apparent trampling on the first night of a music festival in the US state of Texas, an emergency response official said.

The Houston City Fire Chief confirmed the deaths Friday night at the Astroworld Festival. The incident occurred during a performance by rapper Travis Scott.

“We have had at least eight confirmed fatalities tonight and dozens of people injured,” Houston Fire Chief Samuel Pena said, adding that causes of death have not yet been determined.

Pena said the incident occurred when crowds began to crowd around the stage at around 21:35 local time (12:35 GMT). People then began to faint from not being able to breathe.

The images on social media showed a strong presence of emergency personnel at the scene.

The sold-out event was supposed to last two nights and included artists such as Young Thug, Tame Impala and Earth, Wind and Fire.

Authorities said a reunification center has been set up in a nearby hotel for those who have not heard from loved ones after the incident.

Earlier in the day, the crowd at the festival had rushed into a VIP area, knocking over fences and reportedly stepping on some people who had fallen, but no serious injuries have been reported at the time.

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