Review Says Indiana State Fair Stage Was Not Up To Code Before Collapse
April 13, 2012 at 7:46 AM (PT)
An engineering review released YESTERDAY (4/12) found that the stage rigging that collapsed and killed seven people before the AUGUST 13th MERCURY NASHVILLE duo SUGARLAND show at the INDIANA STATE FAIR wasn't built strong enough to meet state building codes.
THORNTON TOMASETTI VP SCOTT NACHEMAN stated that the metal rigging structure didn't meet requirements that it withstand wind gusts of 68 mph. He said the gusts reached an estimated 59 mph when it collapsed onto fans before the concert. The analysis found that parts of the rigging's support system began to give way at wind gusts of 33 mph.
"We put ourselves willingly and publicly under the microscope in hopes of preventing a tragedy like that which happened AUGUST 13th," said Fair Commission Chairman ANDRE LACY. He said the investigation was not meant to place blame.
SUGARLAND's JENNIFER NETTLES and KRISTIAN BUSH were scheduled to begin giving depositions about the collapse YESTERDAY (4/12) in WEST VIRGINIA.