Ultra Music Festival Stage Collapses During Sound Check, Several "Critically" Injured UPDATED

A stage has collapsed in Bayfront Park during a sound check for this weekend's Ultra Music Festival, injuring several and sending police cruisers and ambulances swarming to the park. At least three people are en route to local hospitals, and several more are being treated at the scene, Gossip Extra reports. The Miami Herald says "up to four people have been critically injured."

There's no information yet about what caused the collapse, but high winds have been howling through Miami tonight.

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Update: The Herald now reports lighting equipment fell during the setup. A source tells Riptide the stage's LED display fell onto the victims.

Update 2x: WSVN is reporting the main stage is closed until tomorrow morning, when Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspectors can take a better look. However, it seems Ultra 2013's kickoff tomorrow will go on as planned.

Update 3x: Ultra has released a statement. Read it after the jump.


Update 4:  CBS4 reports that one of the two men who was seriously injured has been released; the other, ID'd as Joseph Green, remains hospitalized with two broken legs. Fire inspectors are checking the stage to see if the festival gates can open as scheduled this afternoon.

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