St. Louis might change tent policy after fatal collapse Saturday

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 | 9:18 a.m. CDT; updated 12:45 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 2, 2012

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis public safety director said he plans to rewrite regulations to require evacuations of large public tents during severe weather warnings.

Eddie Roth told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that it is unsafe for people to be under a tent in severe weather. His comments came days after a strong storm last weekend destroyed a party tent at Kilroy's Sports Bar near Busch Stadium, injuring about 100 people and killing 58-year-old Alfred Goodman of Waterloo, Ill.

Roth will await a report from fire and building inspectors on the incident at Kilroy's before rewriting the policy to require evacuation from party tents whenever the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning or a severe thunderstorm warning.


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