BY: ROSS GARDINER, Intellitix Contributor
A terror scare at Germany’s Rock am Ring was actually the result of a simple typo, police revealed in a recent statement.
German police ordered a full evacuation of Rock am Ring, one of the biggest music festivals in Germany, on its opening night causing more than 87,000 visitors to leave the festival grounds.
“After a threat could not be ruled out, all necessary measures were taken immediately. This led to the event being interrupted today for security reasons,” said German police.
However, it has now been revealed that the terror warning was a caused by a simple typo.
According to Newsweek, two Syrian men that worked for a company contracted to set up the site had their names misspelled on a list that was given to festival organizers. When on-site police could not match the workers’ names to the official list, they ordered a full evacuation.
The authorities suspected a terror plot possibly linked with local Islamists in the state of Hesse, according to statements provided at the time. The fears were likely boosted by the recent terror strike in Manchester when a suicide bomber killed 22 visitors at an Ariana Grande concert.
Johannes Kunz, state investigative police chief, said that to avoid confusion in the future, organizers should “provide personal documents ahead of time.”
Rock am Ring debuted back in 1985 and was originally planned as a one-time festival. With over 75,000 people in attendance, the success of the festival’s first year prompted organizers to make it an annual event.
Over the years, the Rock am Ring stage has hosted some of the biggest names in rock including Van Halen, Rage Against the Machine, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and more. Next year’s festival is set for June 1-3, 2018.