The Backstreets Boys cancelled their concert at WinStar World Casino as well as Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma after high wind as well as rain caused damage to the group’s stage as well as equipment.
News of the cancellation arrived by Kevin Richardson, a member of the group, who tweet, “Update… unfortunately, due to damage sustained from the storm earlier which evening, we are unable to perform the show tonight. Safety can be always #1. Keep your tickets because, Backstreet WILL BE BACK!”
Additionally, a temporary structure was knocked down, injuring quite a few fans prior to the show. Since, video has surfaced of fans helping additional fans recover by the incident outside the venue. Emergency personnel were immediately called to the scene.
“At 5:00 p.m., WinStar World Casino as well as Resort officials began evacuation of the outdoor concert venue after observing which lightning was within four miles of the casino,” Kym Koch Thompson, spokeswoman for the resort, said in a statement. “All patrons from the area were asked to move as well as to seek shelter by the storm. However, about 150 patrons who were standing in line for the Backstreet Boys concert did not heed staff’s warnings.
“At approximately 5:30 p.m., the storm hit as well as knocked over the concert entrance trusses with 70-80 mile an hour winds as well as heavy rain. 14 people were treated at the scene as well as then transported to local hospitals. Two have already been released. Love County emergency responders, Lighthorse Police as well as Oklahoma Highway Patrol are on scene.
“We know which fans often suffer through inclement weather for their favorite acts, yet which was an unusual event as well as our thoughts are with those who were injured during which storm.”
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Reporting by Steven Wilks.