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"Safety Issue" Ends Rascal Flatts Concert at Ruoff

The Hamilton Co. Sheriff's Office says a Live Nation staffer told police at Ruoff about a "safety issue" during the show, prompting them to take action.

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. -- The Rascal Flatts concert Thursday night at Ruoff Home Mortgage Center in Noblesville ended before an expected encore.

The house lights came up and people were asked to leave the venue in an orderly fashion. The band did not return to the stage.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said Friday that a "safety issue" is why the concert ended early.

"Shortly before the conclusion of the Rascal Flatts concert on August 9, 2018 at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center, law enforcement personnel at the site were informed by Live Nation staff of a safety issue," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Live Nation said Friday that venue staff and local officials "followed standard protocols to ensure the safety of guests, the artists and staff" after it learned of the issue.

"Last night a safety concern presented itself during the Rascal Flatts’ concert in Indianapolis. Venue staff and local officials followed standard protocols to ensure the safety of guests, the artist and staff."

The Sheriff's Office is investigating and says it will provide no further details at this time. 

Rascal Flatts tweeted about the concert and promised Indy fans they would "be back soon":

PHOTO: Getty Images/Jeff Kravitz

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