Stage Collapses At Godstock

The Christian music festival Godstock was cancelled after a fast-moving storm destroyed the stage in Comstock, Nebraska Saturday night. Two people were injured.

Thunderstorms and winds up to 70 mph blew through the area around 8:30 p.m. while some 30 people were on stage. The band Pillar and crewmembers had just finished their set and had been off only one minute when the wind hit and the stage collapsed. "To look at that stage, it is just totally amazing not a soul was lost," said Henry Nuxoll, co-organizer of the weekend concert. "The entire thing is a pile of rubble," said concertgoer Peter Tighe of North Platte. "It bucked and collapsed. All the speakers and monitors were knocked over." Damage to the stage and sound and lighting equipment was estimated at more than $300,000.

One person suffered a sprained ankle, another was hit in the head by flying debris. Power was knocked out for a short time.

The remainder of the festival scheduled for Sunday was cancelled. Scheduled to perform were Michael W. Smith, Avalone, Plus One, and Go Fish.

Comstock is northeast of Broken Bow, about 85 miles east of North Platte.

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