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33 people hospitalised after lightning strikes twice at Germany's Rock Am Ring festival

Foo Fighters, Slipknot, Prodigy and more play the event in Mendig, west Germany

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Over 30 people were taken to hospital after lightning struck twice at German music festival Rock Am Ring.

The annual event takes place this weekend in Mendig, west Germany, with the likes of Slipknot, The Prodigy, Bastille and Foo Fighters among the line-up.

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In a statement released by the Rhineland-Palatinate police, it was confirmed that "33 people were placed under observation in nearby hospitals" after two lightning strikes hit the festival's camping area in the early hours of Saturday morning (June 6). Eight members of the festival's production team were among those hurt, but all hospitalised are said to be in "good health", according to BBC News.

Foo Fighters will headline the closing day of the festival on Sunday (June 7).

Meanwhile, a Foo Fighters fan was reduced to tears after frontman Dave Grohl invited him on stage with the band in Hamburg this week (June 3). The unnamed fan was spotted by Grohl during the O2 World gig as he was holding a huge picture of the frontman's face that he had painted. Pointing out the "crazy mother fucker with the picture", Grohl brought him onto the stage and signed the picture before sending him backstage.

Foo Fighters play the following live dates before headlining Glastonbury festival:

London Wembley Stadium (June 19, 20)
Edinburgh Murrayfield Stadium (23)

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