14 Backstreet Boys fans injured and hospitalised after a storm knocked over scaffolding at a concert
The band have released a statement.
At least 14 people were injured and hospitalised after a storm knocked over some scaffolding that was at the entrance for an outdoor concert in Oklahoma where the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees were set to play.
A spokesperson for WinStar World Casino has said that the venue staff had begun evacuating fans after lightning was spotted but about 150 people in line "did not heed staff's warnings."
The statement adds: "the storm hit and knocked over the concert trusses with 70-80mile an hour winds and heavy rain. 14 people were treated at the scene and then transported to local hospitals. Two have already been released."
— Steve Wilks (@TV_SteveWilks) August 19, 2018
Current scene at #WinStarWorldCasino. My stomach is in knots. A pavillion collapsed in front of us on people waiting in line at the @backstreetboys concert. #oknews #BSB #okwx pic.twitter.com/7Km54rfbg7
— Sydney Stavinoha (@SydneyStavinoha) August 18, 2018
Since the incident occurred, the band have released the following statement. "We never want to put our fans in harm's way and with tonight’s weather and the injuries from earlier, we have decided to cancel the show and will attempt to reschedule. The most important thing is for everyone to get home safely and we will see you all very soon!"
We never want to put our fans in harm's way and with tonight’s weather and the injuries from earlier, we have decided to cancel the show and will attempt to reschedule. The most important thing is for everyone to get home safely and we will see you all very soon!
— Backstreet Boys (@backstreetboys) August 19, 2018
Update... unfortunately, due to damage sustained in the storm earlier this evening, we are unable to perform the show tonight. Safety is always #1. Keep your tickets because, Backstreet WILL BE BACK! ✌🏻❤️
— Kevin Richardson (@kevinrichardson) August 19, 2018
Waiting and praying for our fans that were injured. If we can perform were ready to go. But safety is first. pic.twitter.com/0GlB9fbmoc
— Nick Carter (@nickcarter) August 19, 2018