Indiana Stage Collapse: After Deaths, More Questions - Page 2
Meterologist Brad Panovich believes that the tragedy was preventable, and the weather system was no fluke. He states that the storms "did not just pop-up or pulse right over the fair grounds which would indeed have been a fluke. There was plenty of warning, if you you knew or wanted to know what was going to happen. The focus on the actual Severe Thunderstorm Warning is insignificant in my opinion. The warning was issued at 8:39pm which was 10 mins before the stage collapsed. A severe thunderstorm warning is only issued when winds are 58mph or higher or hail is 1” in diameter or larger. Problem here is you have people in an outdoor event and around a temporary structure which requires them to seek shelter at a much lower threshold. Something that should have been known by those organizing the event"
With the threat of impending litigation, investigations have begun into the root cause of this tragedy. A new emergency plan will undoubtedly have to be designed by fair officials in Indiana, and perhaps nationwide to minimize the likelihood of this type of accident in the future.
Photograph courtesy of Delta