Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado became a battleground for nature’s fury as severe thunderstorms unleashed a terrifying hail storm upon unsuspecting concertgoers. The aftermath of the tempest left nearly 100 people injured, with seven requiring hospitalization, according to West Metro Fire Rescue. The injuries ranged from cuts and broken bones to painful welts and bruises.
Social media platforms quickly became inundated with videos capturing the chaotic scene, as hailstones, some reportedly as large as golf balls, pummeled the venue, transforming the seating area into a snowy landscape several inches deep. Distressed concertgoers were seen scrambling for cover, desperately trying to escape the relentless assault from above.
In the aftermath of the storm, a number of individuals found themselves stranded at the venue, unable to leave due to vehicle damage caused by the hail, as reported by the Denver Police Department.
The highly anticipated concert, headlined by Louis Tomlinson of One Direction fame, faced multiple delays before organizers made the difficult decision to officially postpone the event around 10:30 p.m., recognizing the severity of the weather conditions.
Eyewitness accounts from numerous attendees painted a vivid picture of the chaos, recounting painful welts, bruises, and injuries inflicted by the merciless hail. Some concertgoers resorted to using whatever makeshift protection they could find, including trash cans, while others sought refuge in bathroom stalls to shield themselves from the barrage. Reports of vehicle damage, such as shattered windshields, added insult to injury for many.
The impact of this severe weather extended beyond Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as nearby Dick’s Sporting Goods Park was also affected, leading to the postponement of a Colorado Rapids soccer game.
Prior to the storm’s rampage, severe thunderstorm warnings had been issued for the Denver metro area and the Eastern Plains. In a separate incident, a confirmed tornado wreaked havoc in Logan County, causing widespread destruction.
Amidst the unfortunate circumstances, Louis Tomlinson took to Twitter to express his concern and disappointment, assuring fans that he would make a triumphant return to perform at a later date. Despite the havoc unleashed by Mother Nature, the spirit of resilience and determination remains strong in the hearts of both the performers and the fans who eagerly await a rescheduled concert that will be remembered for more than just the storm that tried to steal the show.