At least 14 people have been injured and transported to hospitals after trusses holding up the entrance to a resort where the Backstreet Boys were set to begin a concert in Oklahoma collapsed.
An evacuation began at about 5pm when lightning was within four miles of the casino, WinStar World Casino and Resort said in a statement posted on Twitter.
The luxury casino resort said around 150 people in attendance did not evacuate and when the storm hit with 70-80 mph winds – which caused the entrance trusses to collapsed on them.
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
Two people have since been released from hospital – where 12 people have remained to receive treatment for their injuries.
Backstreet Boys released a statement on their Twitter saying they will attempt to reschedule the concert at a later date.
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!
— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) August 19, 2018