At least 14 people were sent to the hospital Saturday after a storm knocked over concert entrance trusses at an Oklahoma outdoor concert venue hosting the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees.
The injured were treated at the scene by Love County, Oklahoma paramedics and were taken to local hospitals. About 12,000 attendees were expected by the artists. The staff at the venue had begun evacuating fans after lightning was spotted but about 150 people in line "did not heed staff's warnings." Winds were as strong as 80 mph. The concert had been canceled because of the storm and injuries to fans. "Hundreds of Backstreet Boys fans playing chicken with an Oklahoma storm right now. Giant metal entrance structure, portable toilets, blew over. A handful of people left in ambulances," a witness wrote on Twitter.
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In a tweet, the Backstreet Boys said 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. Members of the band 98 Degrees tweeted they were disappointed that Saturday's show was canceled due to the weather. The attendees were asked to keep the tickets for the nest time.