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At Least 36 People Killed In New Year's Eve Stampede In Shanghai

At least 47 others were injured in the stampede, which took place 25 minutes before midnight, according to reports.

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Thirty-six people people died and 47 others were injured after a stampede at Shanghai's crowded New Year's Eve celebration, local media reported.

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This overhead view shows emergency vehicles amongst the crowd after a stampede by New Year's revelers in Shanghai's historic riverfront in Shanghai on January 1, 2015.

NEW: Stampede incident took place on New Year's Eve in Shanghai's historic waterfront - local media - @george_chen

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NEW: Stampede incident took place on New Year's Eve in Shanghai's historic waterfront - local media - @george_chen

12:26 PM - 31 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The stampede took place 25 minutes before midnight as people waited for the countdown to 2015.

Photos from friends in Shanghai: Police now take control of accident area where stampede happened on New Year's Eve

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Photos from friends in Shanghai: Police now take control of accident area where stampede happened on New Year's Eve

10:10 AM - 31 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Crowds packed into the Bund waterfront area for a light show and New Year's Eve celebration.

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Light and laser illuminate the Lujiazui financial district of Pudong in Shanghai during a light show as part of a New Year countdown celebration on the Bund in Shanghai.

Last year, the New Year's Eve festivities drew 300,000 people, causing massive traffic issues, Shanghai Daily reported. This year, the countdown was moved to a different area within the Bund and just 2,000 were invited to watch it live.

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The cause of the stampede was under investigation, CCTV America reported.

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A friend of a victim covers his face as he waits outside a hospital where injured people of a stampede incident are treated.

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In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, medical workers stand outside the emergency ward of the No. 1 People's Hospital of Shanghai after a stampede caused casualties among people who took part in New Year's celebrations in Shanghai.

A witness said someone threw coupons that looked like dollar bills into the crowd from a third-story window, the state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. People scrambled to reach the coupons.

CONFIRMED: 23:50pm NYEve, some people suddenly splashed US$-like money at luxury club Bund 18, then #StampedeSH -Sina

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CONFIRMED: 23:50pm NYEve, some people suddenly splashed US$-like money at luxury club Bund 18, then #StampedeSH -Sina

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According to official Weibo posts people threw fake US$ into Shanghai crowd from Bund 18 (that means likely from the terrace of Bar Rouge)

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According to official Weibo posts people threw fake US$ into Shanghai crowd from Bund 18 (that means likely from the terrace of Bar Rouge)

1:59 PM - 31 Dec 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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