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Circus Operator Contesting Fine Over Deadly Tent Collapse

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A Florida-based circus operator is contesting more than $33,000 in fines proposed by federal safety officials for a tent collapse that killed two Vermonters and injured dozens in New Hampshire last year.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says a meeting between representatives of the agency and Walker International Events took place Wednesday. An agreement was not reached and Walker will contest the Feb. 4 citations.

Robert Young and his 6-year-old daughter, Annabelle, of Concord, Vermont, died Aug. 3 when a storm with winds up to 75 mph blew through the Lancaster Fairgrounds, toppling the tent just minutes after about 100 people had settled in to watch a show.

OSHA said Walker failed to properly erect the tent and ignored severe weather and high-wind warnings.

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