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Review: State fair stage failed to meet code

INDIANAPOLIS — An engineering review released Thursday found that the stage rigging that collapsed and killed seven people during last summer’s Indiana State Fair wasn’t built strong enough to meet state building codes.

Scott Nacheman, a vice president of engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti, told the state fair commission that the metal rigging structure didn’t meet requirements that it withstand wind gusts of 68 mph.

Mr. Nacheman said gusts reached an estimated 59 mph when the rigging collapsed onto fans awaiting a concert by the country duo Sugarland. Dozens of people were also injured in the Aug. 13 collapse.

The firm’s analysis found that parts of the rigging’s support system began to give way at gusts of 33 mph.


Deputy killed while serving eviction notice

MODESTO — A sheriff’s deputy was killed Thursday when gunfire broke out as authorities tried to serve an eviction notice at a California apartment complex, authorities said. A civilian also died.

The shooter was believed to be holed up inside an apartment. A SWAT team was called in, and authorities evacuated residents in surrounding homes.

From wire dispatches and staff reports