Fans forced to run from their seats
In a shocking turn of events at the Cricket World Cup, fans were forced to flee from their seats after scaffolding collapsed from the roof. The incident occurred during the match between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow, India for the 2023 ODI Cricket World Cup.
Sudden showers cause chaos
A sudden shower caused the scaffolding to fall, leading to a dramatic pause in the game for approximately 30 minutes. As if that wasn't enough, huge gusts of wind created a dust storm and caused a banner on the stadium roof to detach and fall into the lower stands.
Spectators were caught off guard and rushed away from their seats to the upper sections of the stadium to avoid the debris. Fan footage from the venue described a "stampede-like situation" during the final Sri Lankan innings as a banner fell from the roof. This incident occurred twice during the game.
Play suspended, fans asked to remain calm
Play was suspended for around five minutes as loudspeakers asked fans to remain calm and move to the upper stands. The game was scheduled to resume at 6:34pm IST (4:04pm GMT), but due to the ongoing dust storm, play didn't resume until 6:54pm IST.
No injuries reported
Thankfully, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that no spectators were injured when the roof fell. More updates on this developing story to follow.