German Music Festival to Resume After Terrorist Scare


Festivalgoers at the Rock am Ring music festival on Saturday in Nuerburg, Germany. The country’s biggest rock festival will resume after being disrupted by fears of a possible “terrorist threat,” which have proved to be unfounded, the organizers said Saturday.

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BERLIN — One of Germany’s biggest rock festivals was set to resume, the organizers said on Saturday, a day after the police ordered tens of thousands of fans to leave because of an unspecified terrorist threat.

Fans had gathered on Friday night at the fabled Nürburgring racetrack complex in western Germany for a three-day rock festival, Rock am Ring, featuring some of the country’s top rock bands. About 60,000 people were at the site when organizers announced the shutdown, the police said.

“A possible terrorist threat cannot be excluded,” the police in nearby Koblenz said in a statement. “Investigations are ongoing at a top level. But we cannot say anything exact about the background right now.”

But in a Facebook post on Saturday, organizers said they had been given the all-clear to reopen, according to reports.

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