Merriweather Post Pavilion Collapses

The important thing is, no one was injured:

The roof of Columbia music venue Merriweather Post Pavilion collapsed early Saturday morning, possibly because of strong winds, officials said.

The roof that covers the amphitheater’s stage and seating was in the midst of being raised by about 20 feet over a period of months, part of a larger renovation project at the amphitheater. It was near its final position when the collapse occurred, leaving the venue’s stage standing surrounded by wreckage.

No one was injured, a Howard County fire spokeswoman said.

The collapse occurred as a strong cold front passed through the region, but the National Weather Service received no reports of severe wind gusts, meteorologist Kevin Witt said. The strongest gust recorded overnight at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport was about 45 mph, at about 2 a.m.

Here's what the venue looked like before the collapse:

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Merriweather is an historic venue for live music. The good news out of all of this is that the facility will be completely rebuilt and ready for the season ahead.