Gold Supporting Member
- Aug 9, 2009
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Wow. That's scary.
There is raw vid of the collapse here, the structure was huge:
Stage collapses at Fairgrounds, 4 people dead - fox59.com
There is some heavy equipment on the grounds, the people who are OK should clear out of there and let the lifters, engineers and emergency workers in.
Grr. As if this wasn't all bad enough, the news coverage today seems to be playing the blame game. "Who built the structure? Why couldn't it sustain and stand in 74mph winds? Why weren't people warned sooner to evacuate?" ....
They should be asking these questions, because 5 people are gone because of this tragedy. I can't help but be a little cynical about the fact that the carnie constructed ferris wheels stood strong while this structure collapsed.
Wind blows right through a ferris wheel. That big tent on top of the stage structure was one giant sail. Winds clocked at 74mph, which is equivalent to a category one hurricane, or the 12th level on the Beaufort Wind Scale which one would expect to cause "extreme destruction or devastation." Seems pretty accurate.
And the questions would be fine...in a few days. I simply think it's too soon for folks to be pointing fingers and jumping to conclusions in order to cover their own asses. How about we thank our lucky stars for quick response times, for people coming to the aid of others to lift the structures off their fellow concert-goers even when it put them in harm's way, and take time to mourn those who just went to the State Fair looking for a good time and lost their lives in a freak accident?
It's a tragic occurrence. I just don't like that the smell of forthcoming lawsuits is stronger than that of the livestock there at the fairgrounds.