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We all have read about the situation at the Indiana State Fair.  A hot summer day, a large crowd, and a stage that clearly was not built appropriately for the new "normal" weather conditions and for the massive storms that we are facing in light of the changing climate.  The video of the stage crashing, and the heroic activities of the rescuers are compelling.  Then today, we see a similar tragedy take place in the Netherlands.  Again a massive storm and more deaths from a collapsing stage. As attorneys, our thoughts turn to who is responsible for these situations.  It certainly can no longer be said that massive storms are a surprise.  Everyone knew there was a huge crowd waiting at the Indiana Fairgrounds for this concert and lots of people knew a significant storm was approaching that area.  With the advent of Doppler radar, the movement of the storm can be tracked at the street level.  Who had the obligation to warn?  Who made the decision to erect the stage?  Who made this decision to let the crowd stay there when the dark clouds approached?  Like taking down a large tree, was there any consideration made to what would happen if the stage did collapse and in what way it should be engineered to fall?  Why did it fall into the crowd? The answer to these questions can lead to difficult investigation and will require careful consideration as to what approach should be taken.

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