2 dead, 22 hurt in US tent col­lapse: re­port

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A cir­cus tent col­lapsed when a se­vere storm raked a north­ern New Hamp­shire fair­ground Mon­day, killing two peo­ple and in­jur­ing 22 oth­ers, author­i­ties said.

WMUR- TV re­ported that state Depart­ment of Safety spokesman Michael Todd con­firmed the fa­tal­i­ties.

The ac­ci­dent hap­pened Mon­day evening at the Lan­caster fair­grounds, about 145 kilo­me­ters ( 90 miles) north of the north­ern U. S. state’s cap­i­tal Concord. Florida- based Walker In­ter­na­tional Events was sched­uled to do two shows Mon­day be­fore mov­ing on to Ver­mont on Tues­day. The com­pany did not im­me­di­ately re­turn a call seek­ing com­ment Mon­day night.

State po­lice say it’s un­clear ex­actly how many peo­ple were hurt but up to 250 peo­ple were in the tent when it col­lapsed.

Gov. Mag­gie Has­san said state of­fi­cials are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion.

The U. S. Na­tional Weather Ser­vice had is­sued a se­vere thun­der­storm watch for the area dur­ing the time of the col­lapse.

The col­lapse comes a day af­ter one man died and more than a dozen were in­jured when a tent where peo­ple had sought shel­ter dur­ing a brief storm blew off its moor­ings and fell on some of the crowd at a fes­ti­val in a Chicago sub­urb. The an­nual cel­e­bra­tion known as the Prairie Fest had at­tracted about 5,000 peo­ple when the tent col­lapsed.

The pop­u­lar Lol­la­palooza mu­sic fes­ti­val in Chicago’s Grant Park briefly shut down Sun­day af­ter­noon due to the weather, then re­sumed less than an hour later. Or­ga­niz­ers ended the fi­nal day of the fes­ti­val 30 min­utes early Sun­day night when another storm hit the area.

AP/Chicago Tri­bune

Author­i­ties in­ves­ti­gate fol­low­ing a fa­tal tent col­lapse at the Prairie Fest in Wood Dale, Illi­nois, Sun­day, Aug. 2. A cir­cus tent also col­lapsed when a se­vere storm swept through a north­ern New Hamp­shire fair­ground Mon­day, Aug. 3, killing two peo­ple and in­jur­ing 22 oth­ers.

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