This Saturday, 14 Backstreet Boys fans were injured after a structure collapsed on them outside WinStar World Casino and Resort, where the band was preparing to start a concert; in Oklahoma, United States.
Through a statement, WinStar World Casino and Resort said that “we have been waiting for a great show with the Backstreet Boys for months (…) The results of the weather in the area have caused the show to be postponed .”
Official statement on the status of tonight’s show at the Colosseum at WinStar: https://t.co/SwN9gmKqc3
— WinStar World Casino and Resort (@WinStarWorld) August 19, 2018
And in the area was felt a storm that was accompanied by strong gusts of wind and lightning. In fact, a few blocks from the casino fell one. For this reason, at around 5:00 pm local time, the evacuation of the venue enabled for the concert was carried out.
However, around 150 fans would not have reached to meet the indication and remained in the vicinity of the stage. Already with the gusts of wind exceeding 110 kilometers per hour, some beams gave way and fell on some people.
This mobilized the emergency services to serve the 14 affected. All were transferred to health camps, where two have already been discharged.
— Nikole Berry (@NikoleJagow) August 19, 2018
Concert canceled. These are the pics now that I have service from the accident while waiting for @Backstreetboys and @98degrees at Winstar. Thankful I was able to put my hand up and stop it from hitting a few of us and no one I helped had life threatening injuries. pic.twitter.com/84TDrJjdc3
— Jenn (@beantownzgirl) August 19, 2018
One of the members of the band, Kevin Richardson was the first to speak about it. However, he did it when they were waiting for the authorities to decide whether or not to suspend the concert.
“Hey, folks, severe weather, high winds and heavy rain came through here in Thackerville, Okla. Emergency crews are in the tent, which looks like a trap, and some people who were looking for shelter were injured . to determine the damage to our scenario and production, “he wrote in his personal account.
Hey folks! Severe weather, high winds and rain just passed thru here in Thackerville, OK. Emergency crews are on the seen as tent calapsed and some folks who were seeking shelter were injured. Waiting to determine damage to our stage and production. Status of show TBD. ✌🏻❤️
— Kevin Richardson (@kevinrichardson) August 18, 2018
After this, it was the same band that confirmed the suspension of the concert. “We do not want to put our fans in danger and, with the weather this evening and the injuries before, we have decided to cancel the show and we will try to reprogram it, the most important thing is that everyone arrives home safely and we will see them all Very soon! “, they said.
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