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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

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.

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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