Lightning delays show at State Fair grandstand

  • August 31, 2013 - 10:37 PM

Concertgoers at the sold-out State Fair grandstand were back in their seats Saturday night after being told to seek shelter from lightning.

Opening act Chance the Rapper was performing about 8 p.m. when the lightning kicked up at the end of his set.

About 15,000 people were in the grandstand for the show featuring Macklemore & Ryan Lewis.

After a delay of an hour or so, Talib Kweli went on about 9:15 p.m. for a 30-minute set, and Mackle­more took the stage shortly after 10 p.m.

“You guys made it through the rain, the lightning ... and the fried Oreos dipped in grease,” he told the crowd.

A fair spokesperson said that there were no complications and that officials periodically reassessed the weather.

A severe thunderstorm watch had been in effect until 9 p.m. The National Weather Service reported hail and 60-plus-mile-per-hour winds as the storm blew in, knocking down some tree limbs.


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