by / August 18th, 2011 /

[Updated]:Deaths at Pukkelpop as storm hits

At least 3 5 people are reported dead and dozens injured as a result of a weather storm at Pukkelpop. The storm swept through the festival only hours after the festival opened. High winds and rain caused trees to uproot, knocking down tents and stage equipment.

Pukkelpop is held in Hasselt, Belgium with an average of 60,000 in attendance. This year’s event had a line up including Eminem, Foo Fighters, Fleet Foxes, 30 Seconds to Mars, Panic! At the Disco, The Ting Tings, Crystal Castles, Lykke Li and more.

Chokri Mahassine, the organizer of the festival, told reporters “we have for now put the festival on hold until we understand the situation completely.” It has since been cancelled.

Last year the festival was marred by the death of Charle Haddon, singer with Ou Est Le Swimming Pool.