Merriweather Post Pavilion roof collapses

WASHINGTON — The roof of the Merriweather Post Pavilion collapsed Saturday morning.

According to a tweet from the Columbia, Maryland, outdoor concert venue, the roof unexpectedly collapsed around 2:30 a.m.

The roof was being hydraulically lifted 20 feet, almost in the final position before securing it permanently onto the pavilion. It was being raised as part of a renovation project.

IMP founder Seth Hurwitz, who operates the Merriweather Post Pavilion, said in a statement that the roof will be rebuilt and the venue will be ready for the season opening.

See photos of artists who have performed at the venue through the years:

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Dee Snider of the glam metal band Twisted Sister performs at the M3 Rock Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Columbia, Md. (AP/Owen Sweeney/Invision) (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Kendrick Lamar performs in concert during the 2015 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Kendrick Lamar performs in concert during the 2015 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP/Owen Sweeney)
Robert Smith, from left, Simon Gallup and Roger O'Donnell of The Cure perform in concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Robert Smith, from left, Simon Gallup and Roger O’Donnell of The Cure perform in concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP/Owen Sweeney)
Singer-songwriter Florence Welch of the band Florence + the Machine performs in concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Singer-songwriter Florence Welch of the band Florence + the Machine performs in concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP/Owen Sweeney)
Abel Tesfaye as The Weeknd performs in concert during the 2015 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Abel Tesfaye as The Weeknd performs in concert during the 2015 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP/Owen Sweeney)
Debbie Harry, left, and Chris Stein of Blondie perform during the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Debbie Harry, left, and Chris Stein of Blondie perform during the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP/Owen Sweeney)
Steve Stevens, left, and Billy Idol perform in concert during the 2015 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Steve Stevens, left, and Billy Idol perform in concert during the 2015 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP/Owen Sweeney)
Concert goers enjoy the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Concert goers enjoy the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP) (Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
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Kendrick Lamar performs in concert during the 2015 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Robert Smith, from left, Simon Gallup and Roger O'Donnell of The Cure perform in concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Singer-songwriter Florence Welch of the band Florence + the Machine performs in concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Abel Tesfaye as The Weeknd performs in concert during the 2015 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Debbie Harry, left, and Chris Stein of Blondie perform during the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 14, 2016, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Steve Stevens, left, and Billy Idol perform in concert during the 2015 Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 30, 2015, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)
Concert goers enjoy the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion on Saturday, May 10, 2014, in Columbia, Md. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)


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