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33 People Injured By Lightning At Rock Am Ring Festival

MENDIG, Germany (CelebrityAccess) — Thirty-three people have been hurt after lightning struck twice at one of Germany’s biggest music festivals.

The Rock am Ring festival in the town of Mendig, western Germany, was hit by two lightning strikes in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The first strike hit the backstage area at about 1am, injuring eight people from the festival’s production teams, according to police.

Organisers later halted concerts and offered visitors shelter in large, lightning-proof tents.

Just before 4am, lightning struck for a second time, hitting the festival’s camping area and injuring a further 25 people.

Police said all of those injured had been taken to hospital for observation and were in good health. No one suffered a direct hit.

The festival, which finishes on Sunday, is continuing as planned. About 90,000 music fans were expected at the event, which is being headlined by Foo Fighters and the Prodigy, Die Toten Hosen and Slipknot.