4 dead, 40 hurt after stage at Indiana fair 'snaps like a toothpick'


SLM
#1
What is with high winds toppling stages this summer? Are the winds really so much higher than usual or are they just not making the stages like they use to?

4 dead, 40 hurt after stage at Indiana fair 'snaps like a toothpick' - CNN.com

Those poor people!
 
petros
#2
Don't look into how many kids inflatable bounce things get blown away with kids in them. There is usaully a couple per week.
 
lone wolf
#3
Portable stages have grown increasingly top-heavy and become real wind-catchers when they go for backing screens for the video machines. Woodstock's open air stage stood through a wailing storm - even if people got wet.
 
petros
+1
#4
It's pretty simple. If you build and erect a sail, you're eventually going to go sailing.
 
SLM
#5
I get that if the wind really wants to take you, she's gonna take you. But are these winds really so unusually strong or are the safety standards/building codes, whatever it is, just not up to snuff? I'm pretty sure I remember reading just the other day that they were laying charges on that stage collapse in Alberta a few years back.

Either it's happening more frequently or I'm just noticing it more.
 
taxslave
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Obviously designed by an engineer with a computer instead of a builder with common sense.
 
petros
#7
Quote: Originally Posted by SLM View Post

I get that if the wind really wants to take you, she's gonna take you. But are these winds really so unusually strong or are the safety standards/building codes, whatever it is, just not up to snuff? I'm pretty sure I remember reading just the other day that they were laying charges on that stage collapse in Alberta a few years back.

Either it's happening more frequently or I'm just noticing it more.

Probably just hearing more about it. News (if that is what you want to call it) tends to sensationalize one topic for a year then move on to the next news trend.
 
SLM
#8
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Probably just hearing more about it. News (if that is what you want to call it) tends to sensationalize one topic for a year then move on to the next news trend.

Yes, you're probably right.

The Bluesfest collapse made a blip on my radar to a large degree, I'm sure, because I lived in Ottawa for 18 years. I think we tend to notice things or pay more attention when there's some sort of personal connection. And that didn't occur that long ago so maybe that's why I perceive a frequency to these occurences.
 
petros
#9
Check some of these out.

bounce house accident - YouTube
 
SLM
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Check some of these out.

bounce house accident - YouTube

Poor little kids.

Likely more than a few stupid adults involved too. I mean if the Straw House and the Wood House couldn't stand up to the Big Bad Wolf, what possible hope could a balloon house have? Did these people learn nothing from childhood fables and bedtime stories?
 
petros
#11
Must have been set up using Mexican day labourers. One little girls was almost strangled by the anchor rope.
 

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