Tent at Backstreet Boys Concert Collapses, Injuring Multiple Fans

Bessie Dean
August 20, 2018

An outdoor concert in Oklahoma featuring 90's boy band favorites Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees was canceled on Saturday after an intense storm struck the area and injured at least 14 people, venue officials said.

People at the concert said Chickasaw Security did warn everyone before the rain started to take shelter in the casino or their vehicles until the storm passed.

WinStar World Casino and Resort said that an evacuation began at about 5pm, when lightning was within four miles of the casino. However, about 150 patrons who were standing in line for the Backstreet Boys concert did not heed staff's warnings.

Concert officials were evacuating the venue when high winds knocked over trusses at the entrance. The concertgoers were treated by emergency personnel and transported to local hospitals.

Two of those injured have been released.

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WinStar World Casino and Resort said in a statement posted on Twitter that the resort began an evacuation when lightning was within four miles of the casino in the U.S. state. The Backstreet Boys did confirm that the concert was canceled via Twitter. The most important thing is for everyone to get home safely and we will see you all very soon!'

Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson tweeted, "Hey folks!"

Backstreet Boy Nick Carter had tweeted earlier they are "waiting and praying for our fans that were injured".

Richardson tweeted, "unfortunately, due to damage sustained in the storm earlier this evening, we are unable to perform the show tonight". Here's what we know. Instead the weather did it's own pre show performance and showed us all up. But safety is first'. "Hope everyone's ok and safe", he wrote.

Witnesses say heavy rain and strong winds blew the tent where people were waiting on the show on top of people's heads.

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