Fourteen people were injured Saturday at an Oklahoma casino when a storm knocked over trusses at the entrance of a Backstreet Boys concert.
Officials from WinStar World Casino in Thackersville, Oklahoma, said they were evacuating the outdoor concert venue due to storms, and had asked patrons to seek shelter before the incident occurred. According to the casino, about 150 people waiting in line for the show were still outside when 70-80 mph winds and heavy rain hit, knocking down trusses which were set up outside the entrance. 14 people were taken to local hospitals.
The casino released a statement saying, “We know that fans often suffer through inclement weather for their favorite acts, but this was an unusual event and our thoughts are with those who were injured during this storm.” The Backstreet Boys also sent their condolences via Twitter which can be seen below.
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
Backstreet Boy Nick Carter had tweeted earlier they are, “waiting and praying for our fans that were injured. If we can perform were ready to go. But safety is first.”