Jennifer Chancellor of Tulsa World reports: Wnds in excess of 60 mph were blamed for the collapse of two stages at the Rocklahoma festival grounds [in Pryor, Oklahoma] at 6 p.m. Saturday [July 12].
Heavy rain, lightning and winds brought the '80s metal festival to a halt, but advance warning kept injuries to a minimum as thousands of festival-goers sought refuge in nearby tents, outbuildings, VIP areas and trailers. By 8 p.m., rock band LYNCH MOB took the main stage for a shortened set as organizers kept an eye on the weather.
One person broke an arm and was transported to the Mayes County Medical Center, Mayes County Sheriff Frank Cantey said. About 10 other people had minor injuries that didn't require treatment, he said.
Cantey said 65 mph winds in the area caused the stages to collapse.
"Thankfully, nobody was seriously injured," said Rob Miller, president of Event Marketing Group, the company that organizes Rocklahoma.
One girl broke her arm when she slipped and fell in mud while running to escape the onslaught of rain, he said.
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