Bomb threat, Patti LaBelle concert at Riverside Theater evacuated
MILWAUKEE - Grammy winner Patti Labelle was rushed off stage in Milwaukee Saturday night after a bomb threat.
Patti LaBelle was performing at the Riverside Theater. A video captured by sunny_seokkie on Twitter shows what happened from the audience's viewpoint.
LaBelle was speaking to the crowd through a microphone when security suddenly rushed to her side. LaBelle was taken off the stage immediately by the guards. LaBelle's musicians quickly followed.
Catherine Brunson recorded a video of the confusion and shocking moments inside the Riverside theater during the evacuation.
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"Some people were sitting down, and some people got up and just started walking out," said Brunson. "I was one of them. I was sitting down like, wait, did I just hear that right?"
Milwaukee police responded to the theater before 10:30 p.m. Saturday night.
Bomb threat prompts Riverside Theater evacuation (Courtesy: Angelica Duria)
Police cleared the building, and K9s came in to search. Police said everyone inside the theater was safely evacuated, and no explosives were found.
"It was a scare, but I'm fine now," said Brunson.
People in the audience said the R&B legend wasn't on stage long before the evacuation.
Pabst Theater Group officials said they were working with LaBelle to reschedule the show.
"It’s a bummer. Yes. Yes. It was a lot of people mad," said Brunson. "It was Christmas gifts for some people, birthday gifts for others."
Pabst Theater Group sent out a tweet saying that the show had been postponed.