People want Stricter Regulations for Outdoor Stages
Strong winds caused the stage to collapse at the Indiana State Fair that resulted to the death of five people. This is the third accident that involved outdoor stages this summer. Now, the public wants stricter inspections by concert organizers.
The collapsing of the stage in Indiana is the deadliest of its kind in United States history. The Indiana State Fair stage went down right after the crowd was warned to take shelter as the storm nears the location. It was estimated that 10,000 people gathered to watch the performance of country band Sugarland.
After the state official told the crowd to evacuate, a strong gust of wind blew that ripped through the fabric and metal structure. The National Weather Service said that the wind speed was more than 60 miles per hour. Aside from the five dead, 40 were injured during the accident.
The Indiana State Fair will be reopened on Monday with a tribute to those who died. County and state officials continue their investigation of the accident and find ways to prevent it from happening again in the future.
Outdoor stages are lightweight and portable but at the same time support heavy equipment. Industry standards for determining safe wind speeds are voluntary and building codes in most cities don’t have guidelines for these types of structures.