The panic incident on Saturday night at the club West Balkan near Nyugati Station resultated in 3 girls dead.
The club had a permission to operate, but only until 22:00 and with a maximum of 300 guests. Still, according to the Saturday night party’s organizor over 2000 people were in the club when the panic erupted. The whole incident resulted in people beeing sent out of the club in just their t-shirts. Several eye-witnesses tell about pushing that started out in the cloak room, where, according to one boy: “Was so full that you didn’t have to keep yourself standing up, as there were people all around, holding you up”. Many others report about people suddenly tipping over, and with a domino effect taking a huge part of the crowd down, where there were several people on top of each other. One apparantly affected girl says “It was just so full of people that it tipped over, and then I had to be pulled out by eight people. I am very grateful for those that helped me”
The clubs owners say that they don’t assume any responsibility, as the location was rented out for a party, and that they were present with their own crew.
According to Hungarian TV station, RTL Klub’s news, the clubs owners had been tricking the local authorities with their license applications by withdrawing them after having submitted them. Then placing their applications at the back of the line and by this they were able to operate freely while the application was in for concideration.
The below videos might give an impression of the panic of the many people trying to exit, as well as the huge crowd wanting to get in: