Ah, the joy of celebration. There is nothing quite like the feeling of elation and jubilation that comes with achieving a goal, winning a game, or just having a great time with friends. But, unfortunately, it doesn’t always end the way we want it to. From the disaster that was Cleveland’s Balloonfest ’86, to the tragedy of the Loveparade in Duisburg, Germany, to the crowd crushes at the Astroworld Festival in Houston and the Pearl Jam concert in Roskilde, Denmark, to the Kiss nightclub fire in Santa Maria, Brazil, to the shattered glass door of an Argentinian Twitch streamer, to the stampedes in Shanghai and Kampala, to the unfortunate tumble of Matt Adams in London, to the MV Wakashio in the Indian Ocean, to the early celebration of Asim Rose in Lexington, to the wild night out of a stag party on the Droitwich Canal, these events serve as a reminder that taking proper safety measures and being mindful of our actions can mean the difference between life and death. So, let us take a moment to look back at these cautionary tales and remember to take care of ourselves and each other, especially when we celebrate.
Cleveland’s Balloonfest ’86: literally a downer.
Steve Morrow: the only person to break their arm while celebrating a win?
It was a birthday to remember, but not in the way anyone expected
Sometimes, the excitement of a win can be too much to handle.
Matt Adams: conquering the hills and taking a tumble in the grass?
Asim Rose was so close to the end zone, he could almost taste it... but not quite.
The boys had a ... wild night out?
A tragic reminder of the importance of safety in large crowds.
A tragic start to the new year.
Tragically, the start of 2015 was not a happy one for many families in Shanghai.
It took 10 years to find out that... No one was responsible?
A tragic reminder that safety measures can mean the difference between life and death.
A Halloween to remember, but for all the wrong reasons.
A reminder to always take care of ourselves and each other, especially at concerts.
Argentina’s World Cup win was a time of joy and sorrow, with the celebration ending in tragedy.