Justin Bieber Concert Almost Prompts Oslo, Norway to Declare a State of Emergency (VIDEO)
Justin Bieber kicked off the European leg of the promo tour for his new album, Believe, yesterday, and things didn’t go exactly as planned.
Bieber announced over Twitter yesterday afternoon that a free, surprise performance was to be held in Oslo, Norway later that day. Immediately, tens of thousands of fans from all over Europe descended upon the city. Local police were overwhelmed and had great difficulty keeping control of the situation – so much so that they threatened to cancel the gig and declare a state of emergency. Due to a spike in mobile phone usage from the fans, cellular service in Oslo cut out briefly.
The Biebz tried to calm the fans down with a message on Twitter:
“Please listen to the police. I don’t want anyone getting hurt. I want everything to go to plan but your safety must come first. For the show to happen u must all listen to the police. We are all concerned for your safety and I want what is best for u. Please listen.”
Reports say that 49 teenaged girls were injured, and 14 were taken away in ambulances. No one was seriously injured during the event.
Oslo’s mayor, Fabian Stang, said the city became so chaotic that he had to hide behind a tree to keep from being trampled. He explained that an investigation is being launched, saying, “I have already called on the Emergency Planning Agency to examine the entire event from the planning stage to its implementation. We have to find out what went wrong and why it happened.”
Following the concert, the Biebz escaped on a police boat. The teen pop star is currently heading to Paris for his next show.