911 Recordings From State Fair Stage Collapse Released

By Maureen Mespell

911 Recordings From State Fair Stage Collapse Released

December 2, 2011 Updated Dec 3, 2011 at 5:12 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- For the first time, the public is hearing emergency calls on the night of that deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.

A recording of dispatch radio calls that night, August 13th, shows emergency workers were concerned about the severe weather before the disaster.

Fair officials have said they were preparing to order an evacuation when the stage rigging collapsed into the grandstands.

Seven people died.

911: "Declaring a mass casualty event at the State Fairgrounds, Level 1, Class 1. I need a task force, starting at this location. I need at least 5 medic trucks. I need an extra case task force. I need a Battalion Chief and EDL, as well."

The Indianapolis Department of Public Safety has made numerous redactions prior to making the recording available for public dissemination.

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