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Watch thunderstorms force Rick Springfield to cancel Montana concert and free alpacas from pen

60 m.p.h. wind gusts caused chaos at the Fallon County Fair on Saturday.
By Matt Bradwell Follow @mckb26 Contact the Author   |   Aug. 19, 2014 at 4:03 PM
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BAKER, Mont., Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A concert by 80s pop star Rick Springfield had to be canceled after severe weather destroyed equipment and freed a group of nearby alpacas at a Montana area fair on Saturday.

At about 6 p.m. Saturday evening, skies darkened dramatically over the Fallon County Fair and wind gusts between 40-60 m.p.h. began roaring through.

Within minutes, tents were flying, equipment was soaked and a group of alpacas were running free after their pen had been destroyed.

A video posted to Springfield's official Facebook page shows his crew lamenting damaged equipment and fearing for children as the alpacas are freed.

"We played a fair in Montana yesterday," Springfield wrote on Facebook.

"Well, we didn't actually play because [a thunderstorm] happened. My amp and a couple of guitars are toast. So much for playing outdoor gigs in tornado country!"
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