Rock am Ring festival in Germany postponed after 71 injured amid storm

June 4, 2016
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Organizers of the The Rock am Ring have postponed a festival in western Germany after at least 71 people were injured in a storm overnight. Emergency services and the police say 71 people were hospitalized after lighting struck the Rock festival during a heavy storm.

The Rock am Ring postponed, and according to Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, chairman of the Eventim company, organizers are following orders from local authorities to postpone festival after more warnings of bad weather.

The mother nature said no to festival, so Schulenberg said Saturday that visitors are being urged to take shelter. However, the annual musical event may resume around 8 p.m. if weather improves.

The festival Rock am Ringheld at a former airfield near Mendig, about 62 miles west of Frankfurt, is one of the most popular in Germany. This year headliners are Tenacious D, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath. “We are not considering cancelling the festival,” said spokeswoman Katharina Wenisch. People remember that last year, at least 33 people were hospitalized after lightning strikes into the crowds of almost 45,000 festival fans.

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