Funeral arrangements announced for tent collapse victims

Walker worldwide Events has canceled the rest of its New Hampshire shows, but it next show is scheduled for Sunday in Sanford; Maine’s Fire Marshal, Joe Thomas, said at this point, they have no reason to not let the circus continue in Maine.


The victims of Monday night’s collapse were identified as 41-year-old Robert Young and his 8-year-old daughter Annabelle, of Concord, Vermont.

The Sanford performances were to be the third time Walker’s circus had played the town, said parks director Marcel Blouin on Tuesday.

The accident Monday in Lancaster, New Hampshire, happened around 5:46 p.m., when a severe storm blew down the circus tent.

Authorities say the father and daughter who were killed when the circus tent collapsed during the storm were from the town of Concord, Vermont. Any tent over 1,200 square feet requires a permit, but Benard said inspectors in his division have to prioritize. The show had started about 15 minutes earlier.

The tent collapsed during a microburst after a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the Lancaster area.

Some permits and inspections are handled by local governments, others by the state.

In a Tuesday August. 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 ope…

Degnan said Wednesday that the number of injured rose from 32 to more than 50, mostly because several people drove themselves to doctors and reported their injuries later. He said he didn’t know if local officials knew or should have known the show was taking place. Degnan said Walker worldwide had a permit for its shows recently in neighboring Colebrook.

A man has been arrested on charges he critically injured two people in a shooting outside a Big Sean and J. Cole concert this week, state police said Thursday.

Authorities also are looking at how the tent was erected at the Lancaster Fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the capital of Concord.

Fire Marshal Bill Degnan said workers saw a piece of loose canopy near the tent’s main entrance and told the roughly 100 people inside to remain seated while they secured it. As the winds rose, they told spectators to leave immediately and go to their cars. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.


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