Saturday, June 4, 2016

Lightning strikes 71 rock music fans as a freak thunderstorm hits a German festival leaving injured with scorch marks and burn holes on their jeans

Emergency services attending to a man at Rock-am-Ring festival, It is believed the man was hit by lightning when a storm passed over the festival
More than 70 festival goers were struck by lightning at a major music event in Germany.  
Dozens of medics have treated people at Rock-am-Ring festival after severe storms caused heavy flooding. 
The organisers said acts will continue to perform over the three-day event as Saturday night headliners, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, prepare to play.
One man suffered burn holes and scorch marks after being hit by lightning.  
Spokeswoman for the festival Katharina Wenisch said: 'We are not considering cancelling the festival.'
Emergency services attending to a man at Rock-am-Ring festival, It is believed the man was hit by lightning when a storm passed over the festival
Dozens of medics have treated people at Rock-am-Ring festival after severe storms caused heavy flooding
Dozens of medics have treated people at Rock-am-Ring festival after severe storms caused heavy flooding
The organisers said acts will continue to perform over the three-day event as Saturday night headliners, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, prepare to play
The organisers said acts will continue to perform over the three-day event as Saturday night headliners, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, prepare to play
It was reported on early Saturday morning that at least 42 people were injured, eight seriously.
But the numbers rose as more fans reported injuries in the early morning hours, according to a police spokesman.
Thirty-three people were injured at the festival last year by lightning strikes, according to German media.
More than 90,000 festival-goers have been warned to expect 'strong rain and thunderstorms' on Saturday
More than 90,000 festival-goers have been warned to expect 'strong rain and thunderstorms' on Saturday
Torrential rainfalls in various regions of Germany (the town of Simbach am Inn pictured) in the previous days had resulted in flash floods and mud slides 
Torrential rainfalls in various regions of Germany (the town of Simbach am Inn pictured) in the previous days had resulted in flash floods and mud slides 
The festival, now in its 31st year, is based at Mendig airfield, near the Nuerburgring motor racing track in western Germany. 
Metal legends Black Sabbath will headline on Sunday night, with Biffy Clyro and The 1975 also on the bill. 
More than 10 people have died because of the severe flooding and weather in Germany. 
Heavy rain in northern France has seen the Seine in Paris near its highest level in three decades. 
People have also died in Romania and Belgium.     

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