Shanghai new year accident: Stampede kills 36 after fake money thrown out from building

At least 36 people died when a stampede broke out in Shanghai on new year's eve - apparently after fake bills were thrown out from a building.

Shanghai Stampede
The squabble took place in China's business capital - Chen Yi Square, just before midnight. It followed the city's disaster in 2010 where fire killed 58 people.

According to witnesses, people tried to pick up fake money on the ground, thrown by still unidentified individuals, supposedly part of the new year's eve celebration.

"It's too cruel. People in front of us had already fallen to the floor, and others were stepping all over them", said Cui Tingting, one of the few people who tried to pick up the bank notes but threw them away as soon as she realized they are fake.

Others were caught in the middle of the stampede while people struggled to get hold of the fake money falling like snow flakes.

"We were caught in the middle and saw some girls falling while screaming. Then people started to fall down, row by row", said a witness identified with the surname Yin.

Sometime in 2004, about the same number of people died in a stampede somewhere in northern Beijing. It happened during a Lunar New Year holiday, reported Independent.Ie, sourced out from Reuters.

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