Merriweather Post Pavillion

Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland.

The roof of an outdoor concert venue in Columbia, Maryland, has collapsed, possibly because of strong winds.

The Merriweather Post Pavilion posted to their Facebook page, that the roof collapsed around 2:30 a.m. Saturday (Jan. 13). According to the post, the pavilion roof was slowly being lifted 20 feet over several months as part of a five-year renovation project. It was near its final position, where it would be permanently attached, when it collapsed.

The collapse happened as a strong cold front passed through the region.

Venue operator Seth Hurwitz says in a statement that "the winds of fate prevailed and decided that, instead of raising the roof, we should just go ahead and build a new one". Hurwitz also says no one was hurt and the season will open as planned.