Safety guards escorted Patti LaBelle offstage and authorities evacuated Milwaukee’s Riverside Theater on Saturday after a bomb menace was reported on the musician’s Christmas live performance in Wisconsin.
All attendees have been “safely evacuated” from the venue, Milwaukee Police Capt. Warren E. Allen Jr. stated in a press release to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Allen later instructed the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that “no explosive devices were discovered” on the scene, and “there is no threat to the public at this time.”
In footage from the live performance tweeted by @sunny_seokkie, LaBelle is abruptly rushed offstage whereas interacting with an viewers member celebrating her seventieth birthday. “Wait!” the singer exclaims as a crew of safety personnel ushers her to the wings.
One other video posted on Fb by concertgoer Catherine Brunson exhibits attendees submitting out of the theater and onto the road, which is surrounded and blocked off by police.
“We was in there chilling, listening to Patti. She sung her first song, then they came in and swarmed in and took her off the stage, and we thinking it’s a part of the act,” Brunson says within the video.
Based on Brunson, the viewers was then instructed to evacuate the constructing due to a bomb menace.
“Somebody get on the mic like … ‘Police got to come in and check the building,’” Brunson says within the clip. “‘Then when it’s clear we can … go back in.’ Who the hell’s gonna go back in there?”
Pabst Theater Group, which operates the Riverside Theater, introduced via Twitter that the live performance had been postponed.
“We are thankful for the efforts of the Milwaukee Police Department and our customers and staff for their safe and orderly exit,” the corporate stated in a press release. “We are working with the artist to reschedule the show.”
A consultant for LaBelle didn’t instantly reply Sunday to The Instances’ request for remark.