51 Injured by Lightning Strike at German Metal Festival

Just like the eastern US, Germany was battered by powerful storms Saturday night.

First the good news:  no one was killed.  However, 51 people were injured Saturday night when a bolt of lightning struck a mast attached to the stage rigging.

Reports say a black cloud parked itself over the stage at about 2am (a black cloud over a metal gig?) as the band Heaven Shall Burn (I CANNOT make this shit up!) took the stage.  

Then…BOOM!  People flying, tents destroyed, plenty of panic. Three of the injured ended up in intensive care.  

Take a moment to zoom in on the gig poster.  There are some, um, unique band names to be found.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “51 Injured by Lightning Strike at German Metal Festival

  • July 4, 2012 at 6:40 pm
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    If there is a God… man does that guy love irony!

    BTW there's a couple of funny band names there: Dying Fetus, Pro pain, The Carburetors, We butter the bread with butter. But my favorite one is, of course, Excrementory Grindfuckers! It's like silk on the tongue 😀

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  • July 4, 2012 at 6:44 pm
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    "Excrementory Grindfuckers." Now I HAVE to get all their records.

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  • July 4, 2012 at 7:56 pm
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    a black cloud parked itself over the stage at about 2am

    This could only happen at a metal concert

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  • July 7, 2012 at 7:28 am
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    Then…BOOM! People flying, tents destroyed, plenty of panic. Three of the injured ended up in intensive care.

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