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Tapes: Police concerned before Ind. stage collapse
Tapes show dispatchers concerned about weather, fans before fatal stage collapse in Indiana
By The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ' A recording of dispatch radio calls shows that Indiana State Police were expressing concern about severe weather just minutes before winds ripped through the Indiana State Fair and caused a fatal stage collapse.

WTHR-TV in Indianapolis obtained recordings of Marion County dispatch communications from the night of Aug. 13, when thousands of fans were waiting to see a concert by country music group Sugarland.

In one excerpt, officers are warned about five minutes before the collapse that severe weather was moving in and advises them to seek shelter if necessary. Two minutes later, another dispatcher asks if concert fans have been released from the grandstands.



Fair officials have said they were preparing to order an evacuation when the stage rigging collapsed into the grandstands. Seven people died.


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