Pukkelpop Death Toll Drops to Four

Officials at Belgian festival erroneously reported one death

August 22, 2011 9:30 AM ET
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Two festival goers wait to leave the storm ravaged Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium.
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The death toll at the Pukkelpop festival, which was struck by a sudden storm on Thursday that knocked down screens, tents and stages, has been cut to four from five, as originally reported.

Officials at the Belgian music festival had no explanation for the erroneously reported death, though Belgian media have suggested that a man who died in a local hospital was counted though he did not attend the concert.

In addition to the four people who were killed at the event, eight more were seriously injured and dozens more were wounded. The three-day event was canceled before any of the headliners – Eminem, Foo Fighters and the Offspring – could perform.

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