Lightning Strikes: Rock Festival turned to nightmare

Germany experienced a public horror on an early Saturday. While people were enjoying music and partying, the lightning hit injuring 51 and putting 8 in serious condition. The lighting was said to hit at 00:30 local time (22:30 GMT) as headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers when enquired to the organizers of the Rock am Ring festival.

The Rock am Ring festival is one of the most popular of its kind in Germany – also suffered lightning strikes last year, where 33 people were taken to hospital. The popularity of the music and festival within people made it unreasonable and also very hard to cancel the event out. Though, the Festival did play their dutiful role by informing the people about the possibility of strong rainfall and thunderstorms on their official website. After the mishap during the event, the festival has now been suspended because of weather concerns. 

Red Hot Chili Peppers are among several bands, including Foals, Deftones and we are scientists, which had been expected to perform on Saturday. Some 92,500 people were due to attend over the course of the weekend. Last weekend, 35 people were injured, three seriously, when lightning struck a football match in south-west Germany. A further 11 people were hurt by a lightning strike in a Paris park where a children's birthday party was taking place.

Central Europe has been the victim of severe storms and rain over the past few weeks, leading to floods miserable in Paris and unfortunate deaths in Germany. Police reportedly told the German media that two people had to be resuscitated after Saturday’s incident at the airport in the town of Mendig.

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