Missouri weather is certainly nothing to joke about as a St. Louis storm blew through the city and knocked over a tent erected outside of a downtown bar, leaving one man dead and 100 injured Saturday afternoon, KSDK.com reported.
Photographs of the incident showed a tent impaled by a railroad trestle.
KDSK indicated that a total of 100 people had received medical treatment and that twenty, three of which in critical condition, were transported to a hospital after the incident.
Kilroy’s Sports Bar, located on South Seventh Street, is the bar at which the tent was setup outside. The sports bar is located just a couple of blocks south of Busch Stadium.
St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson indicated to KSDK that there were a few hundred people celebrating the Cardinals’ 7-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers when the storm came tearing through the city. Jenkerson was quoted having said:
“We’ve got severe injuries to quite a few people. We don’t like this type of building. It gives us nightmares, and as you can see, it caused one.”
Jenkerson went on to say that the pipes “beat up” a number of people injured in the fatal tent collapse.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the tent was erected next to Kilroy’s as a beer garden. Director of the St. Louis Department of Public Safety, Eddie Roth, stated that the tent had been inspected and passed without any apparent violations, although he did indicate that an investigation into the incident would continue, The Associated Press reported.
Christy Eilermann, 42, of St. Louis, was quoted by the Post-Dispatch having said:
“People were pushing and shoving. The wind just picked up and they started dragging people inside.”
The National Weather Service issued severe thunderstorm warnings for east-central Missouri as well as south-central Illinois.
Storm chasers in Illinois reported baseball-size hail smashing home windows and car windshields after a storm slammed western Illinois and eastern Missouri on Saturday.
Perhaps it’s time to begin prohibiting the use of such tents during severe weather conditions, such as the storm currently slamming into Missouri. What do you think?
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