Circus tent collapse: Two killed, more than 20 hurt by tent collapse during storm in New Hampshire.

Two Killed in Circus Tent Collapse in New Hampshire

Two Killed in Circus Tent Collapse in New Hampshire

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Aug. 4 2015 12:27 AM

Two Killed in Circus Tent Collapse in New Hampshire

Debris at the Lancaster, New Hampshire fairgrounds after tent collapse on Monday.

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A circus tent collapsed during a storm at a New Hampshire fairgrounds on Monday, killing a young man and a girl and sending 22 others to area hospitals, according to the Associated Press. Both of the fatalities were described by the state fire marshal as spectators. From the AP:

The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. as the first of two scheduled shows was getting underway at the Lancaster fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the state capital in Concord.
Degnan said Sarasota, Fla.-based Walker International Events was scheduled to do the shows Monday before moving on to Vermont on Tuesday.
About 100 people were in the tent when it collapsed, [Fire Marshal William Degnan] said.

The deaths in New Hampshire came one day after a man was killed by a falling tent at a music festival outside Chicago. Steven Nincic, 35, died Sunday and dozens of others were hurt when a tent at the Wood Dale Prairie Fest collapsed during severe weather. The crowd was reportedly seeking shelter from large hail when the tent gave way.