Severe weather ruined a Backstreet Boys concert and left 14 fans Saturday night.
Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson tweeted that a tent where concertgoers were seeking shelter from heavy rain and high winds collapsed, injuring the people inside. According to KXII, at least one person was unconscious, one had sustained a head wound, and several more were transported to area hospitals.
WinStar World Casino and Resort, the host of the concert, issued a statement to KXII regarding the incident, which read in part:
“At 5:00pm, WinStar World Casino and Resort officials began evacuation of the outdoor concert venue after observing that lightning was within four miles of the casino. All patrons in the area were asked to move and to seek shelter from the storm. However, about 150 patrons who were standing in line for the Backstreet Boys Concert did not heed staff’s warnings.
At approximately 5:30pm, the storm hit and knocked over the concert entrance trusses with 70-80 mile an hour winds and heavy rain. 14 people were treated at the scene and then transported to local hospitals. Two have already been released.”
The casino went on to offer their thoughts to those who were injured.