(KMOV.com) – One man is dead, five others critically injured after powerful winds upended a huge tent outside a downtown St. Louis bar, sending tent poles flying through the crowd.
The accident happened around 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon as power storms thundered through the St. Louis, Missouri area.
Witnesses say more than two-hundred people, many who had attended the Cardinals baseball game at the nearby Busch Stadium, were packed into the large tent at Kilroy’s Sports Bar listening to music when the winds hit.
One witness told News 4's Mark Schnyder the music in the tent was so loud that no one heard the storm coming. When the tent ripped from its moorings tent poles were sent flying wildly through the crowd hitting many people in the head. The tent ended up hanging from a nearby train trestle.
One person was killed, five others critically injured, 17 people rushed to the hospital and another 100 men and women were treated for minor injuries.
Authorities have not released the identity of the man who was killed.
According to the Associated Press, Art Randall, the owner of Kilroy's, says firefighters told him that the man was killed by lightning, not flying debris. Authorities we talked to this evening say they aren't sure how the person died.
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