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Stage rigging collapse kills 4 at Indiana State Fair
MBNBC ^ | August 13, 2011 | via WTHR TV

Posted on 08/13/2011 7:37:18 PM PDT by Beaten Valve

Stage rigging collapsed after a storm gust Saturday night, trapping and injuring at least a dozen people at a concert at the Indiana State Fair, NBC station WTHR reported.

The outdoor stage was set up for the Sugarland concert at the state fairgrounds.

Medics and rescue crews throughout Indianapolis were converging on the State Fairgrounds after Hoosier Lottery Grandstand stage rigging fell.

Dave Lindquist, music journalist for The Indianapolis Star, reported on Twitter, "Tragedy at fair concert. Entire stage collapses on track." He also wrote that "perhaps a dozen injured people have been removed from track on stretcher-type boards."

(Excerpt) Read more at msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: collapse; fair; indiana; indianapolis; kills; rigging; stage; state; statefair; sugarland
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1 posted on 08/13/2011 7:37:26 PM PDT by Beaten Valve
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To: Beaten Valve

I’ve been listening to the scanner audio. 24 people have been transported, several more are being transported.

http://www.justin.tv/radioman911#/w/1615185120/3


2 posted on 08/13/2011 7:42:18 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Beaten Valve

Indy Star is reporting four dead.


3 posted on 08/13/2011 7:45:29 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole

Video from the scene shortly after the event...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QFz7K5JFP4&feature=player_embedded#at=12


4 posted on 08/13/2011 7:47:42 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole

video showing the actual collapse. It’s blurry, but shows the incident.

http://youtu.be/nvwN3dfpHZU


5 posted on 08/13/2011 8:05:36 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Beaten Valve

Prayers for those involved


6 posted on 08/13/2011 8:10:57 PM PDT by skr (May God confound the enemy)
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To: MediaMole

Prayers for the victims.


7 posted on 08/13/2011 8:11:41 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ((You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.))
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To: MediaMole

That looked pretty bad...


8 posted on 08/13/2011 8:11:55 PM PDT by Doofer ("If debt is the problem, how is more debt the solution"?)
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To: Beaten Valve

Storm front rolled thru ...


9 posted on 08/13/2011 8:19:19 PM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: Beaten Valve

Hey! This is awful Same thin happened to Cheap Trick in Ottawa, nobody killed though.

I guess you have to be careful with temporary stage structures.

Terrible for the folks on stage, awful for the crowd, who can see it happening yet can’t do anything.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfqpXNfywT4


10 posted on 08/13/2011 8:26:55 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: DBrow

Let the lawsuits begin!


11 posted on 08/13/2011 8:48:46 PM PDT by Wally_Kalbacken
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To: Wally_Kalbacken

As well they should. There is no excuse for this incident.


12 posted on 08/13/2011 8:54:09 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Beaten Valve

Half-assed stage rigging. Such things have been errected for decades now. A stage collapse nearly killed Cheap Trick and their crew at a show in Canada last month.


13 posted on 08/13/2011 10:08:24 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (The liberal press applauded when the NY Times hacked Newt Gingrich's phone calls.)
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To: a fool in paradise

The stages probably made in China and erected by people that don’t speak English... /partial_sark


14 posted on 08/14/2011 12:25:48 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Beaten Valve

Was the stage set up by union laborers?


15 posted on 08/14/2011 12:34:34 AM PDT by Mashemeyer
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To: Beaten Valve
My wife was at that venue earlier this week for David Nail. The cell phone video making the rounds on the 'net is heart rending, especially the crowd response that you can hear in the background. May G-d be with those affected.

CC

16 posted on 08/14/2011 4:36:17 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Wisdom comes from experience. Experience comes from a lack of wisdom.)
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To: Lmo56

Serious wind surge on the front. I was just finishing grilling a steak when it hit. Plants on the deck were tipping over and it darn near blew out the gas grill.


17 posted on 08/14/2011 5:47:57 AM PDT by AFreeBird
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To: Beaten Valve

Morning update: 4 possibly 5 killed, 44 injured, at least 10 in critical per the Indianapolis Star.


18 posted on 08/14/2011 6:17:07 AM PDT by tcrlaf (PREFRONTAL LOBOTOMISTS FOR OBAMA2012!)
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To: tcrlaf

OK, per WISH-TV 5 killed, “Other deaths expected”


19 posted on 08/14/2011 6:18:35 AM PDT by tcrlaf (PREFRONTAL LOBOTOMISTS FOR OBAMA2012!)
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To: tcrlaf

For those not familiar with the venue, the stage is quite a distance from the covered grandstand. The section in between is the straightaway of the old dirt race track. Folding chairs and standing areas are sectioned off on this dirt area.
The part that collapsed was the canopy over the stage which also has lighting and a video screen. Basically steel trusses covered by tarps.

Commendable work by spectators helping in the rescue, both extraction of the wounded and medical personnel in the crowd assisting with triage and emergency aid.


20 posted on 08/14/2011 6:53:34 AM PDT by nascarnation
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To: SeaHawkFan

Huh? It was an act of God. That like saying no one should have died during Katrina.


21 posted on 08/14/2011 6:57:45 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: thefactor

It was an act of God combined with incompetent Union stage hands rigging, local 30


22 posted on 08/14/2011 7:41:18 AM PDT by genetic homophobe (Do we vote for a pro American globalist or a anti American globalist?)
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To: nascarnation; All

Gov. Daniels wife and daughter were behind the stage when it collapsed.

The Gov. praised Hoosiers, noting that hundreds instinctively ran TOWARDS the danger to help, instead of away. He was near tears when he said this.

It’s really too bad this man won’t be President.


23 posted on 08/14/2011 7:45:44 AM PDT by tcrlaf (PREFRONTAL LOBOTOMISTS FOR OBAMA2012!)
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To: MediaMole

Clear video of the tragedy:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRkdwrmzYXg


24 posted on 08/14/2011 8:48:32 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Elsie

What is the update on this? MrR and I are praying for those hurt and the families of the injured and dead.


25 posted on 08/14/2011 9:34:38 AM PDT by reaganaut (Ex-Mormon, now Christian - "I once was lost, but now am found; was blind but now I see")
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To: reaganaut

5 confirmed dead now as per drudge.


26 posted on 08/14/2011 9:37:29 AM PDT by thefactor (yes, as a matter of fact, i DID only read the excerpt)
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To: Rebelbase

WHOA!!!! That was insane!!!


27 posted on 08/14/2011 9:51:21 AM PDT by US_MilitaryRules (Where is our military?)
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To: Beaten Valve
♥ Keep this rose going for the people who died or were hurt at the Indiana State Fair ♥♥ ♥ _____/)___/)______./¯"""/') ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯\)¯¯\)¯¯¯'\_„„„„\) ¯`v´¯) You are in our thoughts `*.¸.*´ and prayers!!!!
28 posted on 08/14/2011 9:54:17 AM PDT by Earthdweller (Harvard won the election again...so what's the problem.......? Embrace a ruler today.)
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To: Beaten Valve

A horrible, horrible tragedy. Prays are up.


29 posted on 08/14/2011 12:03:59 PM PDT by ducttape45
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To: Mashemeyer; a fool in paradise; KoRn

It’s so nice when an unspeakable tragedy fits so nicely into our political agenda, isn’t it?

Five people dead, at least one of them a “Mexican/union” crew member. Others horribly injured, and some of them may die as well - and judging from the event they were attending, it is very likely that some of them carry a union ticket.

News flash: this is Indiana in early August. There are such things as thunderstorms, and at times they’ve been known to involve dangerous straight line winds. These winds a few years back caused substantial damage to one of the skyscrapers downtown, and so the fact that they blew over a relatively light structure like a stage is not at all shocking.

This was a terrible calamity at a venue that’s already seen its share of disasters (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepsi_Coliseum). Let’s concentrate on praying for the victims and their families rather than on torturing the event into our narrow worldview.


30 posted on 08/14/2011 1:10:12 PM PDT by HoosierDammit
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To: Beaten Valve

Stage crewman bump.


31 posted on 08/14/2011 2:37:26 PM PDT by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: HoosierDammit

I rather enjoy my “narrow world view”.

I believe I’ll keep it.


32 posted on 08/14/2011 8:50:49 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: Beaten Valve

Radar loop from Weather Underground: http://radblast-sf.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/radar/WUNIDS_composite_archive?centerlat=39.71722412&centerlon=-86.29416656&radius=124&newmaps=1&type=N0R&type2=TR0&num=1&SD.epoch=1313208000&ED.epoch=1313294400&DELAY=60&delay=20&width=640&height=480


33 posted on 08/15/2011 5:34:09 AM PDT by Voter62vb
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To: Rebelbase
I was a local Jaycee for over 15yrs. Over 10 of those working or running the stage crew on the concert stage at the county fair.I had a hand in setting up the stage,lights,and canopy every year.

From I could see from the video there where NO support cables stretching from the outside corner towers to keep them stable.

34 posted on 08/15/2011 8:27:27 AM PDT by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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To: HoosierDammit
That canopy could have been lowered and should have been before the storm blew in.

The sound and light company who owns that stage are in DEEP sh*t!

35 posted on 08/15/2011 8:49:25 AM PDT by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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