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Mark Ronson caught up in Pukkelpop stage tragedy
Mark Ronson ran for cover as a storm hit
Belgium's Pukkelpop Festival on Thursday (18Aug11), and the
traumatised star admits he's "never been a part of anything like
that in my life".
The DJ and his band The Business Intl were
watching an act at the event when severe weather hit the site,
uprooting trees, which went crashing into a stage.
Ronson, who escaped injury, witnessed
gig-goers "screaming and running" and also saw "hailstones the size
of tennis balls" - and he's been left stunned by the tragedy, which
killed at least five revellers and injured dozens more.
In a post on his blog, he writes, "(We) were
in the Chateau tent watching the Smith Westerns at exactly the
moment the storm hit. I've never been a part of anything like that
in my life.
"The roof ripped off, the structural poles
and lighting rig came crashing down and people started screaming
& running, literally, for their lives. Once you made it out
(of) the tent, you were pelted by hailstones the size of tennis
balls. And we were the lucky ones.
"We're so genuinely sorry for the families
and friends of the people that lost their lives and those that were
injured, and we will be thinking of them for a long time."
Festival organisers have since cancelled the
event, which was due to run until Saturday (20Aug11).