Report Reveals Stage Not Built To State Code

By Scott Sarvay
By Stephanie Parkinson

April 12, 2012 Updated Apr 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The results from two independent reports on the state fair stage collapse were revealed at the Indiana State Fair Commission's meeting Thursday.

They show the stage collapsed because it wasn't built strong enough to meet state building codes.

The results show the stage should have been able to withstand winds up to 68 miles per hour but it fell when winds were 59 miles per hour.

One of the firms who issued the findings said they think the stage could have started to collapse when winds were between 20 and 40 miles per hour.

The reports also pointed out that the state fair doesn't have a fully developed emergency plan. With all these findings it becomes clearer where to find fault, but the state fair commission chairman says that's not what this should be about.

"These investigations were never intended as a means of placing blame, rather they put ourselves willingly, openly and publicly under the microscope so that we can learn, all that we can and apply that learning to avoid a tragedy like August 13 from ever happening again," said Andre B. Lacy, Chairman, Indiana State Fair Commission.

The tragic event left 7 people dead and more than 40 people hurt. It happened as a big storm rolled in prior to the country music band Sugarland taking the stage.

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