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Tent collapse kills one, injures 15 at festival outside Chicago

Reuters, 8/3/2015
One person was killed and at least 15 were injured at a festival outside Chicago on Sunday, when hail and high winds uprooted a tent where revelers had taken shelter from the harsh weather, officials said.

Fifteen people were taken to hospital around 2.40 p.m., after the collapse at the city’s annual Prairie Fest, the Wood Dale Police Department said. Others were treated at the site.

City resident Steven Nincic, 35, was killed in the incident, which is being investigated, police said.

“Everybody started screaming, and we saw people falling,” said 11-year-old Bella Salgado, who told the Daily Herald newspaper she and her brother rushed to the tent to take cover from the storm. “It was really, really scary.”

The city’s website says the four-day annual event offers food, live music, a carnival, and fireworks.

The storm system also temporarily shut down the Lollapalooza music festival in downtown Chicago, although event organizers said none of the acts had to be canceled and there were no immediate reports of injuries.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in San Francisco; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

Report: 2 dead, 15 hurt in New Hampshire tent collapse

8/4/2015- Yahoo News
LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) — A circus tent collapsed when a severe storm raked a northern New Hampshire fairground Monday, killing two people and injuring 15 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 90 miles north of the state capital in Concord. 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 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.

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