Five dead after storm hits Belgian rock festival

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A violent storm that lashed an outdoor rock music festival in northern Belgium killed at least five people, officials said Friday.

"The storm hit Thursday afternoon on the Pukkepop festival, held near the town of Hasselt, and killed at least five people," Hasselt mayor Hilde Claes told local radio after reports that two stages had collapsed.

Organisers said that the leading music festival, which opened Thursday and was set to run through Saturday, had been cancelled as a result of the tragedy.

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  • Camellia posted:

    on 21st August 2011, 06:32:22 - Reply

    What a tragedy . I was so shocked when I heard the news , I went 2 times to Pukkelpop when I lived in Bekgium, and its was great both times.
    Am so sad for the loss of lives. May the victims rest in peace.
    I think organizers should consider changing the time of the festival.