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Circus Performs in Maine After Fatal Tent Collapse

About 100 people were under the tent at the Lancaster fairgrounds when the storm, with wind gusts up to 75 mph, blew through the area just after 5:30 p.m.

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Sebastian Fuentes

The circus that was performing when a severe storm blew down a tent in New Hampshire and killed two spectators put on its first shows since the accident, this time without a tent.

Walker International Events of Sarasota, Florida, had two shows Sunday in Sanford, Maine, according to necn affiliate WCSH. The company canceled shows in Vermont and New Hampshire following the collapse.

Both shows went off without a hitch.

About 100 people were under the tent at the Lancaster fairgrounds when the storm, with wind gusts up to 75 mph, blew through the area just after 5:30 p.m. Initially, workers told the spectators to stay put, then told them to leave immediately and take shelter in their cars.

A 41-year-old father and his 6-year-old daughter from Concord, Vermont, were killed. Fifty other spectators were injured.

An investigation into the collapse is continuing. 

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