A tragic incident occurred at the Apollo Theatre in Belvidere, Illinois on Friday evening when a large section of the roof collapsed during a concert. The collapse happened 30 minutes into the concert, which was being attended by people who had gathered to see Death metal bands Morbid Angel, Revocation and Skeletal Remains. According to CBS2, one person was killed in the incident and several others were injured. Emergency services have requested for 20 ambulances to the scene, and rescue and emergency teams have rushed to the spot.
The collapse may have been caused by severe storms with 90 mph winds that blew through the area earlier. Independent journalist Brian Krassenstein reported that the collapse could have happened due to a tornado moving through the area earlier. Videos going viral on social media showed the protective covering over the entrance and a large part of the roof collapsing. Bricks were found lying in the middle of the street, and some debris landed on nearby cars. The ceiling in front of the proscenium also collapsed. Proscenium is the frame or arch separating the stage from the auditorium. Most of the attendees were likely gathered in front of the stage at the time.
Belvidere is located in Boone County, about 115 kms from Chicago. This tragic incident has left many in shock, and our thoughts go out to the families and loved ones of those affected.