HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) - The Symphony on the Prairie concert and the Hamilton Southeastern, Fishers High School football game were both canceled Friday night due to lightning in the area.
According to a tweet from the symphony, the National Weather Service advised them of lightning. The Symphony on the Prairie was evacuated.
Forecast 8 Meteorologist Robb Ellis was tracking a thunderstorm Friday night. It was producing frequent lightning, he said.
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra spokeswoman Jessica DiSanto says evacuations are prompted if lightning is within 15 miles of an event.
They need 10 minutes per 1,000 people to evacuate, DiSanto said. Friday, there were 4,000 people at the concert. The event evacuated early because of that number.
There was also no structure to evacuate to, so people went to their vehicles.
Officials say the concert ended early Friday night because of more inclement weather approaching. Rain checks at the concert would be honored at August 31 and September 1 concerts.
WISH-TV Sports Director Anthony Calhoun was at the Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers High School game and tweeted that the game was also delayed because of the weather in the area.
People were told to either go to their cars or to the gymnasium. It was later decided Friday night the game would be canceled and would pick up again Saturday at 10 a.m.
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