An estimated 10,000 people were evacuated from the hip-hop music festival on Croatia’s Pag island after a fire broke out in a nearby pine forest on the evening of July.
The scene video posted on social media showed many people running away from the beach when the fire was burning in the background.
“The wildfire at Island Festival right now is crazy,” one participant tweeted.
Police have asked participants to leave this famous beach music festival. More than 60 firefighters, along with 45 police officers and 22 equipment deployed to try to control the fire, while strong winds from the Adriatic Sea blew in.
“After dawn, when three firefighting aircraft were deployed, the fire was under control,” a local police spokesman told ABC News. Luckily, no one was injured.
Attendees were taken to a nearby parking lot waiting for a bus to pick them up and taken to the nearest town of Novalja. But after a long wait, the festival organizers announced that the main road to Novalja had been blocked by the fire.
Several buses were later escorted by police. This road is reopened the next morning.
“I don’t know the exact time, maybe after midnight, at which point we can see smoke rising,” one of the waiters on Zrce Beach, who requested anonymity, told ABC News. “The fire spread very fast, the smoke rising up to 25m high. There were many people (who attended the Festival). They were not scared. The guests behaved as if nothing happened.”
“The concert ended in fire, literally! Around 2 am, the guests were asked to evacuate,” he added.
The three-day festival is scheduled to last from Monday to Wednesday. “Please be assured, we are doing everything possible to continue the program with the party,” according to organizers. However, “they are saying that I cannot perform,” British rapper Not3s and American performer Tyga tweeted.