Storms cause stage to collapse at NC Christian concert
CLEVELAND COUNTY, N.C. — Strong storms caused a stage to collapse at a North Carolina fairground Saturday, cancelling a Christian music concert.
WCNC-TV reported that a gust of wind ripped through the Cleveland County Fairground around 3:30 p.m., toppling the stage.
No injuries were reported. The incident happened hours before the concert was set to start and the stands were still empty, according to WSOC-TV.
More than 10,000 people were expected to attend the American Legion World Series concerts, with tickets costing $20. The show would have featured MercyMe, Aaron Shust and the Afters.
The Afters were reportedly doing a soundcheck when the stage collapsed, causing headliners MercyMe to cancel due to the damage.
The concerts will not be rescheduled, due to the bands’ different touring schedules, an official told The Shelby Star. But refunds will be available starting Monday.
American Legion organizer Eddie Holbrook told WCNC-TV it took 8-9 months to book the acts and getting them back together to play would be “nearly impossible.”
MercyMe is a nationally-known Christian rock band from Greenville, Texas, known for their single, “I Can Only Imagine.”
MercyMe lead singer Bart Millard, a Grammy-nominated Christian musician, tweeted about the incident, saying “Thank God nobody was hurt.”