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Two Killed in Circus Tent Collapse in New Hampshire

A circus tent collapsed during a storm at a New Hampshire fairgrounds on Monday, killing a young man and a girl and sending 22 others to area hospitals, according to the Associated Press. Both of the fatalities were described by the state fire marshal as spectators. From the AP:

The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. as the first of two scheduled shows was getting underway at the Lancaster fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the state capital in Concord.

Degnan said Sarasota, Fla.-based Walker International Events was scheduled to do the shows Monday before moving on to Vermont on Tuesday.

About 100 people were in the tent when it collapsed, [Fire Marshal William Degnan] said.

The deaths in New Hampshire came one day after a man was killed by a falling tent at a music festival outside Chicago. Steven Nincic, 35, died Sunday and dozens of others were hurt when a tent at the Wood Dale Prairie Fest collapsed during severe weather. The crowd was reportedly seeking shelter from large hail when the tent gave way.