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35 killed in New Year's celebration stampede in Shanghai

 (CNN) -- At least 35 people were killed in a stampede at a New Year's celebration in Shanghai, China, state media reported.

The stampede happened around 11:35 p.m. Wednesday in a riverfront area known as the Bund, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. At least 42 people were injured, Xinhua reported.

Reports of the stampede appeared on Twitter, with posts describing a chaotic scene and rescue efforts.

Photos showed massive crowds packing a street near the river and emergency medical workers treating people on the ground.

Authorities are investigating the cause, Xinhua said.

The famous riverfront promenade is a popular spot for New Year's Eve festivities.

Just before midnight, officials canceled another New Year's celebration in front of Beijing's tallest skyscraper, citing safety concerns.

Even with the light show and official countdown called off, many revelers remained at the location and had their own countdown there.




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