Halsey’s Maryland stadium concert was canceled on Wednesday night after a tornado warning forced fans to take shelter in bathrooms and extreme flooding inundated the venue.
Fans posted videos to social media from the Merriweather Pavilion in Columbia showing rats emerging from the rising waters and trying to get onto the stage.
Screams can be heard in one clip as a person tries to kick a rodent off the stage and into a pool of water next to where they are standing.
“There’s no way this Halsey Maryland show is real,” Twitter user Amma mariee posted.
The concert was initially delayed after severe downpours left the field and stands covered in several inches of water.
At 10pm the venue tweeted that the concert was being called off “due to weather-related technical difficulties”.
A weather warning for tornadoes and flash flooding had been issued in Columbia. And as thunderstorms rolled over the venue, some frightened fans took shelter in restrooms.
I really want to add that I am beyond disappointed with the way the venue handled everything tonight and my rescheduled date will be happening somewhere else. I hear you guys loud and clear I promise.
—h (@halsey) June 9, 2022
After the cancellation, Halsey tweeted that she was “beyond disappointed with the way the venue handled everything tonight”.
“Right now I’m heartbroken and panicked and I just want to know when/that you all get home safely. I love you guys more than anything,” the singer wrote.
She said the concert would be rescheduled and will be “happening somewhere else”.
Responding to a fan’s tweet, she said she wanted to perform “more than anything”.
“But I couldn’t because it would have been SO unsafe if I went out there and people rushed the stage during or after the storm.
“A lot of things were out of my control tonight but I promise everything I COULD choose, I chose your safety.”
Ticketholders are advised to look out for information about a refund or a rescheduled date.