Fans Injured at Backstreet Boys Concert After Storm-Related Incident

Lewis Collier
August 19, 2018

More than a dozen people hoping to attend a Backstreet Boys concert were injured in Oklahoma on Saturday when severe weather took down an outdoor concert entrance structure, according to the casino where the event was to be held.

"At 5:00 p.m., WinStar World Casino and Resort officials began evacuation of the outdoor concert venue after observing that lightning was within four miles of the casino", Kym Koch Thompson, spokeswoman for the resort, said in a statement.

Per Thompson, "the storm hit and knocked over the concert entrance trusses with 70 [to] 80 mile an hour winds and heavy rain" at around 5:30 p.m. The group said in a tweet: "We never want to put our fans in harm's way and with tonight's weather and the injuries earlier, we have chose to cancel the show and will attempt to reschedule. Keep your tickets because, Backstreet WILL BE BACK", Richardson wrote.

The people who were injured were standing in line for the Backstreet Boys concert.

Concert goers waiting for The Backstreet Boys were injured when a temporary wall collapsed.

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Officials say 14 people were treated at the scene and then transported to local hospitals.

"Waiting and praying for our fans that were injured. But safety is first", Carter tweeted, along with a photo of storm clouds over the venue. "Emergency crews are on the seen as tent calapsed and some folks who were seeking shelter were injured".

Richardson said the show was sold out.

Video from a witness at the scene showed multiple emergency vehicles, including ambulances, in the parking lot of the casino.

It's thought a storm caused the pavilion to collapse and about 14 fans have been injured.

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