A 70 mph wind gust came out of dark clouds but with little other warning, blowing equipment, scaffolding and lights off an outdoor stage that one minute earlier was crowded with about 40 people.
“To look at that stage, it is just totally amazing not a soul was lost,” Henry Nuxoll, co-organizer of the concert weekend called Godstock, said Sunday.
The band Pillar had just finished their set and had been off the stage only one minute when the wind hit Saturday, he said.
The surprise wind gust swept over the crowd of more than 3,000 people and blew the stage away from the audience, backward into nearby power lines.
Some of the power lines on the Second Wind Ranch were severed, Nuxoll said, but a fuse blew five miles away and the lines were not live when they hit a couple of stagehands, Nuxoll said.
“That could have been as devastating as anything,” Nuxoll said.
Sunday’s performances had to be canceled. Scheduled to perform Sunday were Michael W. Smith, Avalone, Plus One and Go Fish.