Reports of fans injured while waiting for Backstreet Boys


The casino said it asked fans to seek shelter from the incoming storm, but about 150 patrons decided not to.

The resort had started evacuating the concert venue about 5 p.m. after lightning was spotted within 4 miles.

At least 14 people were injured at a Backstreet Boys concert in Oklahoma on Saturday after a powerful storm tore through the venue.

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At around 5:30 p.m., the strong storm that brought 70- to 80-mph winds and heavy rain knocked over the concert entrance trusses. Two individuals have since been released, the company said, adding that officers from the Lighthorse Police and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, as well as Love County emergency responders, responded to the scene.

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.

Crew attend to fallen metal structure at Backstreet Boys concert in Thackerville, Oklahoma, U.S. August 18, 2018 in this photo obtained from social media. "The most important thing is for everyone to get home safely and we will see you all very soon!"

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She said she saw four people put on gurneys and taken away by ambulances.

After the structure collapse, Richardson said the band would not be able to perform and promised to make it up to fans. "But safety is first", Carter tweeted, along with a photo of storm clouds over the venue.

Fourteen people were injured and received care onsite before going to nearby hospitals, according to the statement. Keep your tickets because, Backstreet WILL BE BACK!'

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Members of the band 98 Degrees tweeted they were disappointed that Saturday's show was canceled due to the weather.