Cir­cus op­er­a­tor to pay $15K in tent col­lapse that killed 2

Cape Breton Post - - Business -

LANCASTER, N.H. — A judge has or­dered a Florida-based cir­cus op­er­a­tor to pay $15,000 in fines for op­er­at­ing with­out a li­cense in New Hamp­shire fol­low­ing a tent col­lapse in 2015 that killed two peo­ple and in­jured dozens. Sara­sota-based Walker In­ter­na­tional Events pleaded guilty to the felony Wed­nes­day in a plea agree­ment. Lesser charges deal­ing with fire, build­ing code and reck­less con­duct al­le­ga­tions are to be ad­dressed next week. Walker ini­tially faced more than $200,000 in fines. Forty-one-year-old Robert Young and his 6-year-old daugh­ter, Annabelle, of Con­cord, Ver­mont, died when a storm blew through the Lancaster Fair­grounds. The judge didn’t im­me­di­ately rule in a sep­a­rate hear­ing on a pro­posed set­tle­ment in a law­suit filed by Young’s wife. The com­pany, now out of busi­ness, has set­tled other law­suits and agreed to pay fed­eral safety fines.

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