A “place of assembly” permit is required in order to hold this type of event, Degnan said.
The state is inspecting the setup of the tent and assessing its compliance with fire codes, he said, and information is “trickling in”.
The National Weather Service will assist the investigation.
“At this time”, Degnan said, “there’s no indication that there will be any kind of charges”.
This collapse doesn’t have a definitive cause, but bad weather is likely the culprit.
Initially, 250 people were trapped under the tent. More than 30 people were transported to area hospitals.
UPDATED 10 a.m.: LANCASTER, N.H.
A dispatcher at the Lancaster Police Department says the tent collapsed during a circus performance.
“Julie Fuller of Lunenberg, Vt., was with her 2-year-old daughter when winds estimated at 60 miles per hour struck”.
“It’s really the responsibility of the show to monitor conditions”, Degnan said. He said he had heard from Florida-based Walker, but that they were “waiting for counsel”.
Two children were killed and at least another 15 people were injured Monday, as strong storms forced a circus tent to collapse in Lancaster, New Hampshire, reported by the director of the New Hampshire Director of Fire Safety.
Governor Maggie Hassan urged witnesses to call the fire marshal’s office to describe what they saw. “The question is even if we held an inspection I’m not sure we would have someone that would be qualified to tell us that the tent wasn’t properly set up”. Last year the circus drew about 1,000 people, Blouin said. Their names were not released. The injured have been taken to 4 regional hospitals.