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Stage Collapses Killing 5 At Pukkelpop Festival In Belgium

Stage collapses killing 5 in a violent storm at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium, canceling the remainder of the three day festival.

Stage collapses killing 5 in a violent storm at the Pukkelpop Festival in Belgium, canceling the remainder of the three day festival.

For the second time within a week, a stage at an outdoor concert collapsed during a storm, this time in Belgium, killing 5 people and injuring about 150 officials reported on Friday.

The Pukkelpop Festival is an annual event held near Hasselt about 50 miles east of Brussels in Belgium, but on Thursday night the music festival was hit by a violent thunderstorm that blew down trees which crashed into the rigging, stages collapsed, as did tents and in heavy rain and a hailstorm, at least five people were killed and many others injured, some seriously. Giant television screens also fell during the storm

As a result the remainder of the three day festival has been canceled.  Foo Fighters, Eminem and the Offspring were scheduled to perform as the headliners.

The tragedy follows last weekend’s tragedy at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis where winds toppled scaffolding and a stage also collapsed during high winds that suddenly blew through the grounds just minutes after a storm warning had been issued to the crowd. Five people were killed there and many others injured.

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