Backstreet Boys fans treated for injuries after storm pummels concert venue

Posted at 5:37 PM, Aug 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-19 20:01:33-04

THACKERVILLE, Okla. – While fans anxiously awaited the arrival of the Backstreet Boys at an outdoor venue in Oklahoma, a severe storm struck the area leaving 14 people with injuries.

14 people suffered minor injuries and were transported to nearby hospitals after nearly 80 mph wind gusts knocked over concrete entrances trusses and tents.

According to the Associated Press, WinStar World Casino and Resort said in a statement posted to Twitter Saturday that evacuations began around 5 p.m. when lightning was reported within 4 miles of the venue.

The company said the decision was not easy to make as patrons traveled near and far for the show, but the safety of fans, artists, and event staff was the main priority.

Of the 14 people taken to the hospital, two have already been released.

Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson posted to Twitter saying Backstreet will be back!

The company has not said when the concert will be rescheduled.

(The Associated Press contributed to the writing of this story.)