Stage Falls At Ottawa Bluesfest; No Major Injuries

The main stage at Ottawa Bluesfest collapsed Sunday night during a Cheap Trick concert as a severe thunderstorm sent thousands of people running for cover. Bluesfest said there were no serious injuries.

Bluesfest official Joe Reilly said one person suffered a broken leg, the Vancouver Sun reported.

The members of Cheap Trick were performing at the time, but they got off the stage safely.

Environment Canada had a thunderstorm warning in effect for Ottawa, saying winds were expected to reach 56 mph.

The Bluesfest grounds is almost a football field in size.


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  • by David McGowan Location: Greenville, NC on Jul 19, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    For those of you on facebook, here is a picture taken from the front row, just seconds after the stage collapsed. It shows Cheap Trick's lead guitarist Rick Nielsen running off the stage. http://www.facebook.com/mary.daughtrey#!/photo.php?fbid=3148646434179&set=o.11605532036&type=1&theater
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