Monday, 3 August 2015

Lollapalooza hit by stormy weather, Travi$ Scott hit with disorderly conduct charges

Rolling Stone reports that Lollapalooza was briefly evacuated Sunday afternoon after unexpected thunderstorms swept into the Chicago area, bringing severe weather to Grant Park. Police and festival staff directed those people to pre-arranged shelters in garages around Grant Park.  "Lollapalooza officials are continuing to coordinate with the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) to monitor weather conditions and determine when the park is safe for festival-goers to return," the fest said in a statement. Grant Park reopened to Lollapalooza attendees an hour later.

In Wood Dale, a 35-year-old man was killed, three people were seriously injured, and 17 to 20 more were taken to area hospitals when a tent collapsed at the Wood Dale Prairie Fest near Wood Dale Junior High, 656 N. Wood Dale Road, according to Wood Dale Deputy Police Chief Mike Rivas.

The dome in Rosemont, a bubble supported by air outside the field where the Chicago Bandits softball team plays, collapsed as the storm moved through that area, witnesses said. No injuries were reported.

Also at Lollapalooza: rapper Travi$ Scott is facing disorderly conduct charges after encouraging fans to jump over the stage barriers during his set at the US date of Lollapalooza in Chicago this weekend. The city's Office Of Emergency Management said the rapper's set was cut short after he began telling fans to climb over the security barricades. He then fled the scene but was subsequently taken into custody.

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