A brief and violent storm has killed five people at one of the biggest rock festivals in Belgium. Took place at Pukkelpop Kiewit, near Hasselt, Limburg (northern Belgium). According to police, ten people were seriously injured, three were found Friday morning in critical condition and 140 had to receive care.
"The sky was completely dark and we were sheltered until the rain. Then suddenly, the sky broke loose, "said a spectator at the Belgian daily Le Soir.
Two scenes have collapsed, including at least one of the festival. Several installations metal placed at the entrance and big screens have fallen, and several trees were uprooted by the violence of the rains.
"We decided to stop the Pukkelpop 2011 for the rest of the weekend," said the organizer of the festival that began Thursday and was to end Saturday. Between 60,000 and 65,000 people were present when the storm hit.
The Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme, briefly visited the site on the night of Thursday to Friday to extend its condolences to the families and friends of the victims. The Belgian railways have, in turn, provided additional trains to bring festival-goers, the vast majority of young people, eager to leave the site.