More Deaths as Another Stage Collapses at Belgian Festival Featuring 30 Seconds To Mars, Foo Fighters

11:49 AM PST 08/18/2011 by Charlie Amter
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The Smith Westerns

Strong winds and large hail knocked down the main stage framing at this year's annual Pukkelpop. Four are reported dead.

Early reports out of Belgium and Holland Thursday are claiming that six people were killed and others injured as a tent collapsed at an annual music festival called Pukkelpop.

The BBC is now reporting four were killed, details are still emerging as to number of dead and injured.

According to Holland’s Trouw.com, one of the tents where a band was playing was blown down after a storm, resulting in chaos and injuries.

Per Belgian radio station Studio Brussel, ambulances have been in and out of the festival and the remainder of today’s festival has been canceled.

The sudden storm Thursday caused the Chateau Tent, where American band Smith Westerns played, or were about to play, to collapse. The band wrote on Twitter: "Stage collapsed max almost got crushed by the tress, I hope pukkelpop has insurance bc all our [stuff] is broke."

A brief but fierce storm produced strong winds and large hail which brought down trees, per reports. Additionally, a sound tower beside the main stage came loose.

The annual festival's lineup this year includes many American bands, including 30 Seconds to Mars, Foo Fighters and Rise Against. Rapper Eminem was also scheduled to perform.

Jared Leto tweeted that "four stages were down" and that it was "still raining" Thursday from the festival. "Be safe," he added.

 

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