The Latest: 32 people sent to hospitals in circus tent collapse
LANCASTER, N.H. — The latest on the circus tent collapse in Lancaster, New Hampshire (all times local):
New Hampshire Fire Marshal William Degnan says about 32 people were sent to hospitals following a circus tent collapse in a storm that killed a father and daughter.
Degnan said the storm with 60 mph winds hit at 5:46 p.m. Monday during the show by the Walker Brothers International Circus. The show had started at 5:30 p.m. The National Weather Service had put out a severe thunderstorm warning for the area at 5:23 p.m.
Degnan said Tuesday it is the responsibility of the show to monitor weather conditions. He said he had heard from Florida-based Walker, but that they were "waiting for counsel."
He said no state or local officials were involved with the setup, and that no request was made for an inspection. He said he didn't know if local officials knew or should have known the show was taking place. He said the show would have required a "place of assembly permit," but to the best of his knowledge, one was not sought.
New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan says the two people who were killed when a circus tent collapsed during a storm were a father and daughter.
Their names have not been released. Hassan said authorities are still getting information as to how many people have been hurt in the collapse Monday. Authorities said Monday night that at least 22 people were injured.
Authorities also are looking at how the tent was put up at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the capital of Concord. They also were talking to survivors and witnesses.
Fire Marshal William Degnan said it was the first time his agency had investigated a tent collapse.
The storm, packing 60 mph wind gusts and one-inch hail, blew through around 5:30 p.m. Monday, just as the first of two scheduled shows was beginning.
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