At least two people died and some 50 were injured in the collapse of one of the sound towers being used for a nighttime religious concert in the western Venezuelan city of Maracaibo, authorities said Monday.

"The accident occurred at 11:15 p.m. when a sound column collapsed under the weight of the people who had climbed up it. Two people were found dead and some 50 were injured in the wreckage of iron bars," the secretary of citizen security of the Zulia state government, Jairo Ramirez, said on Union Radio.

Among the injured were 12 children, while among the adults, five suffered "considerable" fractures for which they had to undergo surgery, the official said.

The Catholic population of Maracaibo celebrates every Nov. 18 the feast of its patron saint, Our Lady of Chiquinquira, or "La Chinita," with Masses, processions and musical concerts. EFE