One person has died and more than a dozen have been injured after "violent" winds caused part of a stage to collapse at a music festival in Spain.
Extreme gales hit the Medusa Festival, in the town of Cullera near Valencia, on Saturday shortly after 4am (local time).
Terrifying footage of the incident has been shared on social media revealing how a piece of the stage came “crashing down.”
A 22-year-old man in the crowd was killed, the Spanish Civil Guard told CNN.
Seventeen others were hurt including three who were left with serious injuries while health authorities later said that 40 people were attended to.
“Due to a strong gust of wind, the main entrance and the main stage of the Medusa Festival in Cullera fell to the ground,” a spokesperson for the Civil Guard said.
Moments of horror
Festival goers later described the terrifying moment tragedy struck.
“For five minutes, there was a kind of hurricane of the four elements: wind, rain, sand and a lot of heat,” 22-year-old Jordi Mora told El Pais.
“When I left I saw the chaos. It was like walking into a movie”
DJ Miguel Serna was on the main stage for his 3am to 4am set when the incident took place.
“It was a tense few minutes, I’ve never experienced anything like it before,” he wrote on Instagram.
“The tragedy happened just at the end of my session, just below it, which was the most affected [area].
“It was a few moments of horror, I am still in shock.”
Festival shut down
With about 50,000 people at the event, which included David Guetta, Steve Aoki and Afrojack among headline acts, it took authorities 40 minutes to evacuate the festival.
The organiser later announced on Instagram that it had suspended the event “due to inclement weather” before officially cancelling it.
“We are completely devastated and appalled by what happened,” management said in a statement online, describing the freak weather as “unexpected and violent.”
“Our thoughts constantly are for each and every one of those affected, directly or indirectly by the unfortunate, unexpected and unavoidable accident.”
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