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Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees concert canceled in Oklahoma after storm injures 14
An outdoor concert in Oklahoma featuring 90's boy band favorites Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees was canceled on Saturday (August 19) after an intense storm struck the area and injured at least 14 people, venue officials said. Images shared with Reuters showed people seeking shelter from the heavy downpour, just before the metal structure fell near them. Fourteen people were treated at the scene and taken to local hospitals. Two have been released, officials said. Patrons at the sold-out show held at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, nearly 130 miles south of Oklahoma City, were asked to seek shelter at around 5:00 p.m. local time when lightning appeared within four miles of the casino, the resort said in a statement. The Backstreet Boys, best known for hits like "I Want It That Way" and "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)," and 98 Degrees, famous for their love ballad "I Do (Cherish You), were scheduled to perform for more than 12,000 fans. Backstreet Boys member Kevin Richardson told fans via his Twitter account that safety inspectors had checked the stage for damage after the storm.