April 29, 2012 in Nation/World

Beer tent collapses in storm; one dead

Associated Press

ST. LOUIS – A storm with high winds swept through a beer tent where 200 people gathered after a Cardinals game Saturday, leaving one man dead and five others seriously injured.

The owner of the St. Louis bar that hosted the crowd said it was lightning – not wind – that killed the patron.

Seventeen were hospitalized and up to 100 people were treated at the scene after straight-line winds whipped through a large tent outside Kilroy’s Sports Bar, near Busch Stadium.

Eddie Roth, director of the St. Louis Department of Public Safety, said winds of about 50 mph shattered aluminum poles that held up the tent, located south of the stadium.

Both Roth and Deputy Fire Chief John Altmann said they could not confirm a cause of death for the man killed. Roth said the man appeared to be in his 50s.

Kilroy’s owner Art Randall said a bolt of lightning crashed into the bar as the wind blew. He said firefighters told him it was a lightning strike – not flying debris – that killed the man.

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