NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (CelebrityAccess) A Rascal Flatts show last night in Noblesville, Ind., was evacuated prior to the band’s encore because of a security concern, according to the band.
Hamilton County Sheriff’s spokesman Bryant Orem told the Indianapolis Star that an “open investigation” regarding the evacuation at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center is under way but provided no more details.
However, a post on the band’s Facebook page this morning said, “Indianapolis – Due to a security concern at the show last night, standard procedures were quickly executed and everyone was able to safely leave the building. The safety of our fans, band and crew is always the top priority for us, so we are so thankful for everyone who jumped into action and for your understanding. We will be back soon!”
Attendee Britni Sherlock said a PA announcement said the show was over about the time the band would normally be expected to take the stage for an encore.
“Everyone boo’d,” Sherlock told IndyStar. “We continued to wait in the pavilion, and that’s when security came up to everyone and told us to leave. I asked what was going on and he replied, ‘We were told to evacuate the pavilion immediately.’ ”
Another concertgoer, Andy VonDielingen, said he witnessed a disruption in the pit in front of the stage.
“[Rascal Flatts] had just finished their song ‘Banjo’ and did the what-was-thought-to-be-false ‘Good night’ before the encore,” VonDielingen told IndyStar. “Their piano player started to play and then just stopped and left. A few minutes later lights come on and security is pulling some guy looking to be in his 20s out of the pit … Everyone is standing around, looking at each other and wondering what is going on.”
Video of Rascal Flatts piano guy being told to stop playing and get off stage. pic.twitter.com/tWqrmoGyJ6
— Chris Tillery (@ChrisTillery) August 10, 2018
Something bad happened at Rascal Flatts tonight. Security guards had us scared. Told us things were not okay. 😔
— Caitlyn conlon (@caitlyn_conlon) August 10, 2018