Report: 2 dead, 22 hurt in New Hampshire tent collapse

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Tent Collapses at New Hampshire Circus

LANCASTER, N.H. (AP) -- Officials say a young man and a girl were killed and at least 22 people were injured when a severe storm blew down a circus tent in northern New Hampshire.

State Fire Marshal William Degnan said late Monday night that the injured were taken to four regional hospitals.

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.

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Report: 2 dead, 22 hurt in New Hampshire tent collapse
In a Tuesday Aug. 4, 2015 photo, investigators are at the scene of a circus tent that collapsed, killing a father and his 6-year-old daughter in Lancaster, N.H. Since the accident, questions have been asked about how the circus operator could have prepared for, then put on a show in the middle of the town's fairgrounds without getting a permit or having the giant canopy inspected. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Investigators inspect the site of a circus tent that collapsed Monday during a show by the Walker Brothers International Circus at the Lancaster Fair grounds in Lancaster, N.H. Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. A quick moving storm with 60 mph winds hit the tent shortly after the show started killing a father and daughter. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Investigators inspect the site of a circus tent that collapsed during a show Monday by the Walker Brothers International Circus at the Lancaster Fair grounds in Lancaster, N.H., Tuesday Aug. 4, 2015. A quick moving storm with 60 mph winds hit the tent shortly after the show started killing a father and daughter.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Investigators inspect the site of a circus tent that collapsed during a show by the Walker Brothers International Circus at the Lancaster Fair grounds in Lancaster, N.H., Tuesday Aug. 4, 2015. A quick moving storm with 60 mph winds hit the tent Monday shortly after the show started, killing a father and daughter. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Investigators inspect the site of a circus tent that collapsed Monday during a show by the Walker Brothers International Circus at the Lancaster Fair grounds in Lancaster, N.H. Tuesday Aug. 4, 2015. A quick moving storm with 60 mph winds hit the tent shortly after the show started killing a father and daughter. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Investigators inspect the site of a circus tent that collapsed during a show Monday by the Walker Brothers International Circus at the Lancaster Fair grounds in Lancaster, N.H., Tuesday Aug. 4, 2015. A quick moving storm with 60 mph winds hit the tent shortly after the show started killing a father and daughter.(AP Photo/Jim Cole)
A sign expressing condolences to the Young family is displayed outside The Concord School, Wednesday Aug. 5, 2015 in Concord, Vt. Robert Young, 41, and his 8-year-old daughter, Annabelle died Monday, Aug. 3, when a circus collapsed during a storm in Lancaster, N.H. (AP Photo/Holly Ramer)
Officers surround the scene of a tent collapse in Lancaster, N.H., Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. Authorities say the circustent collapsed when a severe storm raked the New Hampshire fairground. (Sebastian Fuentes via AP)
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NWS says straight line winds of 60 + mph likely at time of Lancaster tent collapse. No signs of rotation in storm. @UnionLeader
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Circus animals are fed as the investigation of a circus tent that collapsed during a show Monday continues at the Lancaster Fair grounds in Lancaster, N.H. Tuesday Aug. 4, 2015. A quick moving storm with 60 mph winds hit the tent shortly after the show started killing a father and daughter Monday. Shows planned for Tuesday were canceled. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
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Degnan said the identities of the victims, both spectators, wouldn't be released until their families were notified.

Degnan said about 100 people were in the tent when it collapsed.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A young man and a girl were killed and at least 22 people were injured Monday when a severe storm blew down a circus tent in northern New Hampshire, officials said.

State Fire Marshal William Degnan said at a briefing late Monday that that the injured were taken to four regional hospitals. Their conditions were not immediately known.

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 250 people were in the tent when it collapsed, state police said.

Degnan said the identities of the victims, both of whom were spectators, would not be released until their families were notified.

Walker International Events did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the area during the time of the collapse.

The collapse comes a day after one man died and more than a dozen were injured when a tent where people had sought shelter during a brief storm blew off its moorings and fell on some of the crowd at a festival in a Chicago suburb. The annual celebration known as the Prairie Fest had attracted about 5,000 people when the tent collapsed.

The popular Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago's Grant Park briefly shut down Sunday afternoon due to the weather, then resumed less than an hour later. Organizers ended the final day of the festival 30 minutes early Sunday night when another storm hit the area.

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