One person died and dozens were injured on Saturday morning when a gust of wind hit a music festival near the Spanish resort town of Valencia, causing the stage to partially collapse, medics said.
The incident happened around 04:00 (02:00 GMT) at the Medusa Circus of Madness festival on Cullera beach, some 50 kilometers south of Valencia.
“At 4:18 a.m. part of the Medusa Festival stage collapsed in Cullera due to a heavy gust,” emergency services said on Twitter.
“One person died and three were seriously injured with multiple injuries,” they added, adding that 14 other people were slightly injured.
The health authorities then raised the toll to 40 injured.
According to media reports, the victim, a young man in his twenties, died after being struck by elements of the stage which collapsed.
Footage circulating on social media shows powerful winds sweeping across the site, trees and tall structures leaning dangerously, and flying debris everywhere as people clung to their tents.
The Spanish weather service AEMET said the Valencian coast was hit last night by several “hot downdrafts”, a weather phenomenon in which a powerful downdraft hits the land and then spreads in all directions.
The festival, which was expecting some 320,000 people, was evacuated for safety.