Fans were treated on the scene before being transported to the hospital after sudden storm gusts knocked down an awning in Thackerville, Oklahoma Saturday night.
They were scheduled to hit the stage at the WinStar Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Oklahoma when a sudden storm swept through with winds at 70-80 mph, knocking down an awning outside the venue, as reported by ABC News. Injured fans were treated on the scene and then taken to the hospital; two have since been released.
According to a statement released by the venue, officials started evacuating the area when lightning as spotted nearby, but not everyone listened. "All patrons in the area were asked to move and to seek shelter from the storm," the casino said. "However, about 150 patrons who were standing in line for the Backstreet Boys concert did not heed staff’s warnings."
The venue went on to add, "We know that fans often suffer through inclement weather for their favorite acts, but this was an unusual event and our thoughts are with those who were injured during this storm."
Shortly thereafter the decision was made to pull the plug on the concert, with with both bands taking to their official Twitter pages to make the announcement.
We never want to put our fans in harm's way and with tonight’s weather and the injuries from earlier, we have decided to cancel the show and will attempt to reschedule. The most important thing is for everyone to get home safely and we will see you all very soon!— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) August 19, 2018
The scheduled performance would have been the last for the Backstreet Boys before they take up their Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood in October.
Before that, though, fans can look forward to the Boys performing as part of the MTV VMA's red carpet pre-show Monday night.