The Backstreet Boys canceled a concert Saturday night in Thackerville, Oklahoma. As fans were waiting for the band to take the stage, an over sized tent collapsed falling on top of fans who were gathered. The area was experiencing strong winds, that’s what is believed to have brought the tent down. At least 14 were transported to a local hospital, some with serious injuries. Band members Kevin Richardson and Nick Carter got on Twitter to advise the fans that emergency crews were on the ground treating those that were injured.
The band was hoping the show could go on, but Richardson said ‘Safety is first, and we have to think about the safety of the fans and the crew.’ Kevin informed the fans that after talking with the technicians they decided to cancel the show. The singer told the fans that they needed to hold on to their tickets ‘because the Backstreet Boys would be back.’ Carter tweeted before the decision was made to cancel, “Waiting and praying for our fans that were injured. If we can perform we are ready to go, but safety first.”
Some fans were seen helping others that were injured. Reports are that a very young girl was severely hurt, and there a few fans in critical condition. An army nurse that was there was helping her husband who was badly injured, when he was lifted onto an ambulance, the nurse stayed behind to help other concert goes who were injured. There were over 12 thousand fans assembled at the Winstar World Casino Resort. The hotel issued a warning that high winds were going to whip through the venue, ‘take cover.’ A spokesperson for the casino said fans did not take the warning seriously. A forklift was seen trying to lift a metal sign that fell on top of fans, as people below the sign were heard screaming.