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A minimum of 14 followers have been injured at a Backstreet Boys live performance in Thackerville, Okla. on Saturday after a storm hit and knocked over the venue’s entrance trusses.
The live performance was held at The Colosseum throughout the WinStar World On line casino and Resort. In line with Kym Koch Thompson, a spokesperson for the group, officers began evacuating concertgoers from the out of doors venue round 5:00 p.m. after observing lightning inside 4 miles from the on line casino. Whereas Thompson mentioned patrons have been requested to maneuver and preserve shelter from the storm, about 150 patrons ready in line didn’t heed to their warning.
Per Thompson, “the storm hit and knocked over the live performance entrance trusses with 70 [to] 80 mile an hour winds and heavy rain” at round 5:30 p.m. The spokesperson mentioned 14 folks have been handled on the scene after which taken to native hospitals. Two of the injured concertgoers have already been launched.
Thompson mentioned Love County emergency responders, Lighthorse Police and Oklahoma Freeway Patrol are already on the scene.
“We all know that followers typically endure via inclement climate for his or her favourite acts,” Thompson acknowledged, “however this was an uncommon occasion and our ideas are with those that have been injured throughout this storm.”
The live performance has since been canceled. Kevin Richardson tweeted the announcement on Saturday.
“Replace… sadly, on account of harm sustained within the storm earlier this night, we’re unable to carry out the present tonight,” he wrote. “Security is at all times #1. Maintain your tickets as a result of, Backstreet WILL BE BACK!”
Earlier than the announcement, Nick Carter wrote that the band was “ready and praying for our followers that have been injured.”
“If we are able to carry out, [we’re] able to go,” he tweeted. “However security is first.”
Along with the Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees was additionally scheduled to carry out.
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