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Circus Operator to Pay $24K Fine Over Deadly Tent Collapse

Two people were killed and dozens injured in the incident last year



    A Florida-based circus operator has agreed to pay $24,000 in fines issued by federal safety officials for a tent collapse that killed two people and injured dozens in New Hampshire last year.

    Forty-one-year-old Robert Young and his 6-year-old daughter, Annabelle, of Vermont, died Aug. 3, 2015, when a storm with 75 mph winds blew through the Lancaster Fairgrounds, toppling the tent just minutes after about 100 people had settled in for a show. Fifty others were injured.

    Sarasota-based Walker International Events contested $33,000 in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration; a judge recently approved a settlement.

    OSHA said Walker failed to properly erect the tent and ignored severe weather and high-wind warnings.

    Walker is out of business, and OSHA said Wednesday it won't resume operations unless it first implements a comprehensive safety and health management plan.

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