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Taylor Swift’s light-up concert bracelets saved these fans’ lives

'You could smell the gas and smoke.'


Published May 29, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 5:23 pm CDT

When Taylor Swift added synchronized, light-up bracelets to her 1989 tour, giving them out to all concertgoers, she probably had no idea how important they would turn out to be for a few of her fans. 

In a post on the pop star’s website, Avery Talbot writes about her friends, Elizabeth and Caroline Dazzio, and a third, unnamed girl, driving home following Swift’s Baton Rouge, La., concert on May 22. They were involved in an accident after Elizabeth became tired and fell asleep at the wheel. 

Elizabeth was knocked unconscious and the other two girls were trapped in the car, unable to call for help because their cell phones were dead. “You could smell the gas and smoke,” Caroline tells WBRZ. “I was just thinking we need to get out of this car.” 

That was when they realized their bracelets from Swift’s concert could still light up when touched, so the girls began tapping the bracelets on the windows and eventually got the attention of a passing car, whose occupants helped pull the girls free and called 911.

Caroline and the third friend doing are fine, and Elizabeth is expected to be released from the hospital soon, all of which T-Swift was very glad to hear.


Swift has more than 50 shows left on her tour—hopefully this is the first and only one where the bracelets are needed to save her fans from a dangerous situation.  

Photo via Eva Rinaldi/Flickr (CC BY SA 2.0)

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*First Published: May 29, 2015, 9:31 pm CDT