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The Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, Illinois, experienced a roof collapse during a sold-out concert on Friday night as violent storms swept through the area, resulting in at least one death and 28 injuries.
Many ambulances were dispatched to the area, according to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. Many individuals were observed being transported on stretchers.
When emergency personnel raced to save the injured, the theater’s marquee and facade fell into State Street, scattering bricks and other debris.
Morbid Angel, Revocation, and Skeletal Remains were three metal bands that attracted about 260 spectators to the venue. The show was set to begin at 7 o’clock.
Morbid Angel posted on Facebook, “We are currently sheltering in place, and want to convey our support and hope that everyone at the event tonight is safe.” We are currently concentrating on ensuring that everyone present at the venue tonight leaves safely.
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Theresa Best, a Woodstock resident, was her route to the event when her friends started urgently calling to tell her what had happened. She claimed that she was unable to contact pals who were in the theater.
The metal scene is so friendly, and Best added, “My heart simply hurts for anyone who did lose their life.” I only wish that all of my pals were safe.
First responders arrived on the scene in just two minutes, according to Belvidere Fire Chief Shawn Schadle, because the fire station is only across the street.
The MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) Rescue Team, according to Chief Schadle, was conducting a second, more extensive search and attempting to stabilize the building.
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An powerful storm cell with gusts of more than 50 mph impacted the Belvidere region at 7:45 p.m., according to ABC7 Meteorologist Cheryl Scott.
National Weather Service officials would need to assess the damage to determine whether a tornado actually touched down, according to Scott, who speculated that it might have.
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JB Pritzker, the governor, said that his team is keeping a close eye on the situation and is in contact with local authorities.