Harris Co. Fire Marshall on Texas Concert Safety Report

The last report from the duty drive was in response to the Astroworld Festival the place 10 folks died after getting caught within the crowd surge.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — The Harris County hearth marshal is defending her division in response to questions raised within the last report from the Texas Task Force on Concert Safety.

The activity drive launched the report on Tuesday, with “recommendations and strategies to ensure the safety of concertgoers” in Texas, based on Gov. Greg Abbott. The group was created in response to the Astroworld Festival the place 10 folks died in 2021 after getting caught within the crowd surge.

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Harris County Fire Marshal Laurie Christensen issued a statement in regards to the report’s findings on permits. She mentioned the statutes talked about within the findings “simply do not apply to the Astroworld event.”

Under Finding 2 of the report, the duty drive named two statutes with allow necessities: the Mass Gathering Permit (Ch. 751 of the Texas Health and Safety Code) and the Outdoor Music Festival Permit (Ch. 2104 of the Texas Occupations Code).

The activity drive acknowledged that Harris County had jurisdiction of Astroworld allowing necessities whereas the City of Houston was accountable for occasion incidents.

In a dialogue about Astroworld, the report reads that there was no occupancy load for the occasion, which is often decided by the hearth division. 

“A consistent permitting process could have helped established jurisdiction and authority over ultimate event shutdown in the face of a life-threatening incident,” wrote the duty drive.

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Christiansen mentioned the Mass Gathering Permit applies to occasions exterior town limits of a municipality. She additionally mentioned the Music Festival Permit is for performances exterior the boundaries of a metropolis.

Her assertion features a hyperlink to the Interlock Agreement between Harris County and the City of Houston. In the settlement, Harris County is just not allowed to examine NRG Park Property which is the place Astroworld was held. That falls underneath the duty of the City of Houston.

“The fact the Astroworld event occurred within the City of Houston along with the MOU between Harris County and the City of Houston clearly shows Harris County lacked any jurisdiction for permitting the Astroworld event,” she mentioned.

The Interlock Agreement was signed in 2018 and is renewed routinely each year until both facet decides to finish it.

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