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    madest Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2011 at 6:41 am
    Link: Indiana State Fair Stage Collapses - High winds bring down the stage at the Indiana state fair. 4 dead, dozens injured.
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    bobhub600 Male 13-17
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    August 14, 2011 at 7:06 am
    Holy Crap!
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    vidur Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 7:07 am
    Really sad to see - I wonder where the fault lies in this case. =/
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    Uncorrect Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2011 at 7:15 am
    Worst "band brought down the house" joke ever.
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2011 at 7:24 am
    It wasn`t high winds. it was hot air. Apparently Michele Bachmann made a surprise appearence.
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    gibb0 Male 13-17
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    August 14, 2011 at 7:27 am
    Look from about 0:35, the blond woman seems to be enjoying herself!
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2011 at 7:31 am
    "I wonder where the fault lies in this case."

    Does there have to be fault?

    Just a series of unfortunate events.
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    auburnjunky Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2011 at 7:32 am
    @JTRebowski: Ba-dum-ching!
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    NILE12 Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 7:41 am
    I hope idiots died.
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    theshade Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 7:44 am
    This looks staged.
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    SlothOfDoom Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2011 at 7:45 am
    I hate people that scream for no reason.
  12. Profile photo of CreamK
    CreamK Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2011 at 8:08 am
    Whoah, that was bad.. I`ve build a lot of these size stages, this was very unfortunate. The fault point is probably in the far left front (support for line array), second link from the top.. The tipping point is when roof cover is ripped off but by the looks of it, it would`ve come down anyway. These sudden storms are the abosulte worst conditions, good strong wind can generate tens of tons of lift in right conditions. With gusts there can be simultaneously lift in one corner and donwforce on another. The structures are temporary, they will hold vertical loads very well but are weak on horizontal.. There`s only one way to stop this from happening: every concert/event will double or triple the ticket prize, every event construction will take three times as long, require at least double the workforce etc... Hurricaneproof stagebuilding would be very expensive and tineconsuming (picture two-three weeks of construction time, 4 to 5 times more material...)
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    cyborg Male 13-17
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    August 14, 2011 at 8:09 am
    why does everyone feel the need to scream for no reason?
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    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2011 at 8:10 am
    Doesn`t even look real, looks CGI`d, but it is real.
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2011 at 8:12 am
    Nile12 said: "I hope idiots died"

    Go to Hell.
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    banur Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 8:31 am
    "Does there have to be fault?
    Just a series of unfortunate events."

    Uhh, there are no "unfortunate events". It was either the crews fault that set it up and made a mistake, the engineers fault that neglected the strength of the wind in his calculations, or the fault of the producer that used bad materials.

    Or which unfortunate events could led to this without any human interaction?
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    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 8:36 am
    I`d scream too... for the people who were obviously caught (and some killed) under the collapse. That`s why you scream. Dumb ass
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    CHICOMIMI Female 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 8:42 am
    @NILE12 ...I hope that if and when something as horrible as the video we just viewed happens to you, that someone will be there just to say "I hope the idiot died."
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    CreamK Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2011 at 9:00 am
    A little update i found, the stage really was poorly designed and managed. Cutting corners is not a good thing when peoples lives are on the line..
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    DixxyRarr Female 18-29
    2674 posts
    August 14, 2011 at 9:14 am
    I don`t know what I was expecting to see, but I wish I wouldn`t have watched that.
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    lashaspice Female 30-39
    95 posts
    August 14, 2011 at 9:25 am
    For those of you who have NEVER been outside during a storm with wind gusts that equal a small tornado, you have no clue what can happen. I have seen straight line winds during a storm take out trees. This was a horrible event and yes that stage may have been a "light weight" "poorly constructed" stage but can you really tell me they expected winds gust that looked to be around 65 to 70 mph? really love that those who make the most comments are those from Europe...so how are those riots going????
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    August 14, 2011 at 9:35 am

    Clearly an act of God.
    He`s expressing His displeasure at Michelle Bachmann winning the straw pole.
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    Rawrg Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 9:48 am
    1. The wind gusts were freakish in nature, up to 70mph according to some estimates. Gusts like that are extremely rare when you aren`t in the middle of a storm. The stage was actually about as soundly constructed as a portable stage can be. They just didn`t expect such an insane gust, which you can tell came out of nowhere from the sudden dust cloud in the video.

    2. The announcer issued a pre-storm warning with instructions. Yes, he should have told everyone to move away from the stage to be safe, and they will in the future. To his credit, it all happened very very quickly.

    3. How are the people idiots? They were attending a concert and expected the professionally built gantry to hold together. If a bridge collapses on the highway while you`re driving on it, does that make you a moron? The only sign that the stage was about to go was a split second before it collapsed when the tarp on top blew off. At that point, people were running as fast as they could to get a
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    madest Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2011 at 10:04 am
    Perhaps he meant it in the best possible terms. If people are going to die like this then lets just hope the ones who were sacrificed were idiots...
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    Daevanna Female 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 10:10 am
    There was a huge storm going on when that happened plus its the main stage where the famous acts were playing of course they were going to build it as well as they could.
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    Solvent Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 10:12 am
    Reason #342 why Indiana sucks.
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    ScottSerious Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 10:24 am
    of course there would be women screaming.
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    Winter_ICE_0 Male 13-17
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    August 14, 2011 at 10:58 am
    @theshade

    Hilarious. It`s terrible, but hilarious.
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    Buiadh Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2011 at 11:29 am
    Jeez...
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    TypicalJerk Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm
    Great. We got Zachary Briggs (the guy begging for someone to pay him to lose his 20-odd year old virginity on camera with a porn star) and now this, on I-A-B. . At least in Oregon all we had was the Crazy conspiracy-guy RV. =\
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    TheShgn2 Male 13-17
    626 posts
    August 14, 2011 at 12:43 pm
    You know what I didn`t want to see today? The moment 4 people died. :l
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    ADRUNKHOBO Male 18-29
    295 posts
    August 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm
    Why can`t I help picturing Butters dancing on stage?
  33. Profile photo of Klamz
    Klamz Male 18-29
    689 posts
    August 14, 2011 at 1:18 pm
    My favorite part was when the people died.
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    alpensepp Male 70 & Over
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    August 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm
    typical american sounds: woohoo woohooo omg omg omg aaaaa wooo omg
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    August 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    ADRUNKHOBO - "Why can`t I help picturing Butters dancing on stage?"
    No, not Butters.... PROFESSOR CHAOS!
    mwahahahahahaha

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    Iniquity Female 18-29
    96 posts
    August 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm
    Not a good year for stages.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
    25408 posts
    August 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm
    Fudge.... wow, that was scary.
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    spor Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm
    lololololol
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    Trizz Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 3:10 pm
    Wow this looks like it`s from a horror movie, I mean look at sky! Terrifying.
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    DracObi Male 18-29
    289 posts
    August 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm
    I live in Ky, i had friends a that concert, (none that died) but a few that were hurt.
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    collegebound Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm
    i live here in indiana and all i have to say to this was that it was stupid for them to have the fair open today...we were told how bad it was going to be.

    my condolences to anyone who lost anyone to this.
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    NNoamfer Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 5:06 pm
    You can see by the sky that the fair was a stupid idea. But I feel sorry for whoever lost someone close to him.

    The thing that made this worse was the extremely fast switch between happiness and horror.
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm
    Klamz said: "My favorite part was when the people died."

    You and a couple of other douchebags feel the same way. My favorite part of this thread is realizing how lucky the rest of us are to not get butt-raped by our own Fathers and end up like P.O.S. like y`all.
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    Zeegrr60 Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm
    All blame goes to the fair. upon reviewing the weather reports,there was no reason to have the show. I could go on and on,but that is where the blame lays.I hope they can live with themselves. Actually, I hope they can`t.
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    Zeegrr60 Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2011 at 5:24 pm
    When you put money first,this happens.
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    BoredIAm Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm
    Interview of the year: Find the woman at :35 with the smile on her face.
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    SoberGuy Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm
    0:36
    THE BITCH WAS SMILING!
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    August 14, 2011 at 6:57 pm
    I`ve seen that stage before: http://tinyurl.com/gritsbb
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    RexJNibcore Female 18-29
    70 posts
    August 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm
    I know their investigating whether it could have been prevented. I`m pretty sure it could have. They shut down the fair today. I can`t imagine anyone is going to want to go for a while.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    August 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm
    I think is part of the show
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    tleking536 Male 30-39
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    August 14, 2011 at 10:37 pm
    My uncle was there. Fortunately for him and his family they were in the back. He called and told us about it.
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
    792 posts
    August 15, 2011 at 3:58 am
    Rock and Roll is the work of the DEVIL! And this was RETRIBUTION for our LORD and SAVIOUR, Jesus Christ!
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    August 15, 2011 at 4:11 am
    Who cares? It`s Indiana.
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    dub47 Male 18-29
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    August 15, 2011 at 4:54 am
    ಠ_ಠ
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    RPossum Male 30-39
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    August 15, 2011 at 8:51 am
    The next day comments on their website: "Thanks for the tickets, the concert was a crushing success."

    "Awesome, it was a blast"

    "Couldn`t believe how close we got to the stage!"
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    August 15, 2011 at 8:57 am
    AND SUGARLAND LIVES THERE IS NO GOD!!!!!

    Odd where`s all the soccer players we really are becoming more like Europe?!?!
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    Berenice Female 13-17
    536 posts
    August 15, 2011 at 9:21 am
    OH MY GAD.
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    mustacheolvr Female 18-29
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    August 15, 2011 at 11:26 am
    Actually 5 people died, 40 people were injured. A 10 year old is in critical condition at the childrens hospital. This was a very serious accident.
    I`m from Indiana-robosnitz-Its different when you are being funny but your just being a dick...
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    Demynted Male 30-39
    78 posts
    August 15, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    Look at all those white people.....
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    CreamK Male 40-49
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    August 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm
    Video
    Skip to the end: "Sugarland had just finished a prayer.." and the stage collapsed.. I guess the prayer worked or what do you think?
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    Errand_boy Male 30-39
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    August 16, 2011 at 2:55 pm
    Man, that sucks! I feel really bad for their families. Why couldn`t it be a Blink 182 concert?
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    xCYBERDYNEx Male 18-29
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    August 17, 2011 at 12:01 am
    Not cool

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