More than 70 people were injured after lightning struck Friday night at the music festival Rock am Ring, held at the former air force base in Mendig in Rheinland-Pfalz, south in Germany.
This is the second year in a row that the festival has been severely affected by a thunderstorm. On June 7, 2015, 33 people were injured when lightning struck three times during one day.
According to local media reports and Rock am Ring organizers, at least two people had to be resuscitated by paramedics, at lest 42 fans were transported to a hospital, with eight of them severe, and more than 70 people were reported injured after the incident.
According to police spokesman Lars Brummer, festival visitors were told to seek shelter as a severe thunderstorm moved in shortly after 8 p.m.
Reports also said the festival’s live performances, including Tenacious D, The 1975, Panic! At The Disco and Major Lazer, were stopped for around one-and-a-half hours, while 90,000 fans were still standing in front of the stage at the former airfield.
The festival continued after the thunderstorm had passed.
A large amount of rain has caused flooding in many areas of Germany the last couple of days, and several people have already died because of the extreme weather in not just Germany, but also in France, Austria, Romania and Belgium.