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Storm kills 3, injures more than 70 at Belgian music festival

By SLOBODAN LEKIC

HASSELT, Belgium (AP) — A storm swept through a popular open-air music festival in this town in eastern Belgium on Thursday killing at least three people and injuring more than 70 others, an official said.

 Ambulances and police cars raced to and from the site of the Pukkelpop festival, near the town of Hasselt, 50 miles east of Brussels, late Thursday, their sirens blaring. Concertgoers described scenes of panic as the sky darkened, the winds whipped, rain poured, hailstones nearly half an inch (larger than 1 centimeter) across pelted the crowds, and concert structures buckled.

“It was frightening. It looked terrible. All the structures collapsed,” said Brinnie Gardner, 20, of Aukland, New Zealand, who is on a tour of Europe with a friend. “There was panic. It was crazy.”

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