Beer tent collapse leaves one dead and seventeen hospitalised

May 2012

Live events industry

Over 100 people were injured when a beer tent collapsed in St Louis, Illinois, where fans were celebrating. One patron, Alfred Goodman (58) died, seventeen were hospitalised and two remained in intensive care at the time of writing. High winds and severe weather were blamed for the collapse and Eddie Roth, director of Public Safety for the city of St. Louis, said the incident happened an hour after the St. Louis Cardinals-Milwaukee Brewers game ended. The National Weather Service reported winds of 50 miles per hour picked up the large tent at Kilroy’s bar and Art Randall, the owner the bar, said “everything that was not nailed down was picked up and thrown” adding “everything was going sideways. I had metal chairs ripping across the beer garden”. Building Commissioner Frank Oswald said Kilroy’s was granted a tent permit on April 11th and it passed inspection a couple days later. He said the city of St. Louis requires tents to be able to withstand winds up to 90 mph. The wind gust that destroyed the tent, shattering the aluminium poles and blowing the structure onto nearby railroad tracks, was measured at over 70 mph.


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