Hundreds of heat-related injuries force ends early 'Together 2016'

Published: Jul. 16, 2016 at 5:50 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 17, 2016 at 2:44 AM EDT
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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Under sweltering temperatures on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. one million people came together to pray for a "Reset of 2016" after the recent violence around the nation and world, but the event was forced to end early due to the heat.

The event Together 2016 kicked off with a prayer service at 9 a.m. and was supposed to end with a "reset" at 9 p.m., but officials made organizers end the event five hours early after numerous heat-related emergencies.

According to NBC Washington and WTOP, officers responded to 350 medical calls for heat-related injuries at Together 2016 and were becoming overwhelmed.

The heat index at the National Mall hovered around 96 degrees.

Organizers shared the following message on Facebook after the decision was made to end the event early in the interest of attendee safety.

Due to the extreme heat, Emergency Services required us to end the event early. While this is a disappointment, we want to honor the authorities who are trying to keep people safe today. This event has never ultimately been about coming TO the Mall. It's always been about going out FROM the Mall to share Jesus and the reset He offers.? #‎JesusChangesEverything?

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