Four Hurt in Rose Bowl "Freak" Wind Storm - NBC Southern California

Four Hurt in Rose Bowl "Freak" Wind Storm

Frightened revelers, including a Chick-fil-A cow mascot, run away as the "freak" winds whip canopies and toss tents into the air

Freak Wind Whips Up Tents Outside Rose Bowl

Tents, awning and an inflatable shelter went twirlingacross a lawn next to the Rose Bowl, when a whirly-wind destroyed part of a fan fest being set up for tomorrow's game. Gordon Tokumatsu reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014)

Four people were hurt during a "freak wind event" outside the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on Wednesday that sent revelers running in fear as canopies and tents flew through the air, officials said.

All four suffered minor injuries and were treated on site, said Lisa Derderian, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Fire Department.

Derderian said the wind event was not a tornado, despite social media posts that described it as one.

Around 2 p.m., the wind whipped up tent equipment on the grass near the stadium, sending canopies and umbrellas flying and struck four people.

Four Injured in Rose Bowl "Freak" Wind Event

[LA] Four Injured in Rose Bowl "Freak" Wind Event
Four people were injured during a "freak wind event" at the Rose Bowl Dec. 31, 2014.
(Published Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014)

Video posted online soon after the event showed people running as the metal poles and canopies whipped around the grounds outside the stadium.

Gary Knudson recorded the video with one hand as he held onto a table with the other.

"I mean, it could've come right at our tent," Knudson said. "If it had come towards our tent I think I would've gone for a ride."

A person dressed as the Chick-fil-A cow mascot was among the crowd.

The wild winds come weeks after a rare tornado touched down in South Los Angeles, ripping rooftops and blowing over trees during a late fall storm.

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