Lightning Strikes Injure 71 At Germany Festival

At least 71 people have been injured, eight seriously, following lightning strikes, at a music festival, in Germany.

A rock music festival in Germany was halted for five hours on Saturday with organisers urging more than 90,000 fans to seek shelter in cars and tents as another thunderstorm approached hours after lightning strikes injured 71 people.

The sell-out “Rock am Ring” festival, now in its 31st year and with the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Black Sabbath at the top of the billing this year, takes place at the airport in Mendig, near the Nürburgring motor racing track.

Festival organisers told a news conference that performances would resume after the storm blew over, and said they had warned some 92,500 participants before arriving to be prepared for bad weather.

“We are not considering cancelling the festival,” said spokeswoman Katharina Wenisch.

A spokesman for the German Red Cross said 71 people were injured during lightning strikes on Friday, including eight who had to be hospitalised. Most were now in good condition, except one man who had to be resuscitated at the scene and remained in hospital, he said.

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