Roof of outdoor concert venue in Maryland collapses

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COLUMBIA, Md. — The roof of an outdoor concert venue in Maryland collapsed early Saturday morning, but no injuries were reported, according to a Facebook post by the venue.

The roof of the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia was in the final stage of a planned 5-year $55 million renovation project. It was in the process of being hydraulically raised 20 feet over a period of several months. It was expected that it was on its way to being secured permanently when it collapsed around 2:30 a.M.

According to the concert venue, no one was injured.

Venue officials say they are still assessing why the roof collapsed, but they have plans to build a new one.

“Was not our decision, but the bright side is all the money we saved on imploding,” Seth Hurwitz, chairman of I.M.P. And operator of Merriweather Post Pavilion, wrote on Facebook.

Venue official say the 2018 concert schedule will go on as planned, with its first announced performance on July 14, featuring the band Sugarland.

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