Circus tent collapses in New Hampshire, killing 2

A circus tent, said to have 250 people inside, collapsed during a performance, in Lancaster, N.H., officials said. CBS BOSTON

Two people are dead and 15 are injured after a circus tent collapsed in Lancaster, New Hampshire Monday night, CBS Boston reported.

Authorities say the tent collapsed when a severe storm raked a New Hampshire fairground.

About 250 people were inside the circus tent when it collapsed as a strong storm moved through the state, causing some injuries.

It happened Monday evening at the Lancaster fairgrounds, about 90 miles north of the state capital in Concord.

State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan says a couple of the injuries are believed to be serious. State police say it’s unclear exactly how many people were hurt.

A Lancaster police dispatcher says the tent collapsed during a circus performance.

Gov. Maggie Hassan says state officials are monitoring the situation.

The National Weather Service had issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the area during the time of the collapse.

The collapse comes a day after one man died and more than a dozen were injuredwhen a tent where people had sought shelter during a brief storm blew off its moorings and fell on some of the crowd at a festival in a Chicago suburb. The annual celebration known as the Prairie Fest had attracted about 5,000 people when the tent collapsed.

The popular Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago’s Grant Park briefly shut down Sunday afternoon due to the weather, then resumed less than an hour later. Organizers ended the final day of the festival 30 minutes early Sunday night when another storm hit the area.

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