TAKE COVER: 35 Dead and 42 Injured During Stampede to See New Years Light Show In Shanghai

Published on December 31, 2014

Well, that’s a bad way to start the New Year. This is why I avoid large crowds.

Another photo shows the area ringed by police, sectioning off the Bund area.

South China Morning Post reporter George Chen posted to Twitter that the stampede occurred right before midnight.

‘As a native of Shanghai, I believe this is the worst (very rare) stampede incident in Shanghai history in recent decades. Shock!!’ he said via Twitter.

Pictures show family members clashing with security personnel at Shanghai General Hospital.

The Huangpu District government announced earlier in the day that the New Years Eve countdown show had been moved to the Bund Origin area to help improve traffic flow and avoid congestion, reported Shanghai Daily.

Images released from earlier in the day on Weibo showed crowds gathered and packed tightly into the area.

Local media reported at Christmas that an official countdown at the Bund had been canceled this year because of overcrowding last year.

Read more: Daily Mail