In a bizarre event in Bergen over the weekend, a young man grabbed a fire extinguisher and emptied its contents at a concert by the Norwegian rap group Karpe Diem. Thousands of spectators had to be evacuated, several were injured and the band’s equipment was damaged, forcing Sunday’s concert in Sogndal to be cancelled as well.
Police arrested a 28-year-old man who confessed to the incident. He wasn’t a member of the audience but had backstage access and could thus freely enter the concert area. Police said his sabotage appeared to be spontaneous and that he apparently wasn’t aware of how serious the consequences would be.
“He has apologized and taken all the blame,” Bent Angeltvedt of the Hordaland Police District told newspaper Bergens Tidende.
Five people near the stage where the incident occurred were sent to an emergency clinic with respiratory problems while NRK reported that at least one other woman was injured during the crush of people evacuating the tent where the sold-out concert was held at Koengen in Bergen. Around 4,500 people were in the audience at the concert, which was held in conjunction with the Norwegian business school NHH’s festival Uken 16.
Band members later reported that much of their musical equipment was damaged in the fire extinguisher incident, forcing them to cancel another concert the next night at Sogndal.