More than a dozen people who wanted to attend a Backstreet Boys concert were injured on Saturday in Oklahoma when storms destroyed a concert hall for outdoor concerts, according to the casino where the event was to take place.
Show at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, between Oklahoma City and Dallas along Interstate 35, was eventually postponed.
Earlier, near lightning prompted officials to start at 5 o'clock to evacuate participants, the company said in a statement released on Twitter .
"All the patrons in the area were asked to move and seek protection from the storm," it said in the statement. "Some 150 patrons who lined up at the Backstreet Boys concert did not hear the alerts from the staff."
About half an hour later, the incoming storm came into the area, the company said with heavy rain and heavy rain winds that "have overturned the concert entrance crosswalks".
Fourteen people were injured and treated on site before they went to nearby hospitals, the statement said. Two people have since been released, the company said, adding that officers from the Lighthorse Police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Love County Rescue Services responded to the scene.
"We know that fans often suffer from bad weather for their favorite acts, but this was an unusual event and our thoughts are with those who were injured during this storm," It was said
Nick Carter, one of the members of the pop group, tweeted he "prayed" for injured concertgoers.
"Waiting and praying for our injured fans, if we can afford something, we're ready to go, but safety comes first," he said.
The site revealed in a later statement that the concert would be postponed.
"We got into a great show with the Backstreet Boys and 98 degrees for many months," the statement said. "While we were excited to welcome them to the Coliseum at WinStar, the results of the severe weather in the area have resulted in the show being postponed to a later date."