1 dead after storm blows St. Louis beer tent over

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Officials respond to the scene where a tent blew over after high winds crossed the area, Saturday, April 28, 2012, in St. Louis. The tent was set up next to Kilroy's Sports Bar, where St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said a few hundred people were celebrating after the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 in a baseball game. Emergency officials said 16 people were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to very serious. KSDK reported that fire officials said five people were in critical condition and 100 people were treated at the scene. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Emily Rasinski)  EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT
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Officials respond to the scene where a tent blew over after high winds crossed the area, Saturday, April 28, 2012, in St. Louis. The tent was set up next to Kilroy's Sports Bar, where St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson said a few hundred people were celebrating after the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 7-3 in a baseball game. Emergency officials said 16 people were taken to hospitals with injuries ranging from minor to very serious. KSDK reported that fire officials said five people were in critical condition and 100 people were treated at the scene. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Emily Rasinski) EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER OUT; THE ALTON TELEGRAPH OUT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — One person died Saturday and more than a dozen were taken to a hospital with injuries after high winds blew over a beer tent near Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

At least five others were critically injured and up to 100 people were treated at the scene after straight-line winds whipped through a large tent near Kilroy's Sports Bar, where about 200 people were celebrating after the Cardinals beat Milwaukee 7-3 earlier in the afternoon, officials said.

Eddie Roth, a spokesman for the St. Louis Department of Public Safety, said winds of about 50 mph shattered aluminum poles that held up the tent, which was located south of the stadium. The force of the wind blew the tent onto an adjacent railroad bridge.

"It was crazy, scary," said Annie Randall, whose family owns Kilroy's. "We're just so sorry this happened."

Two hours after the tent collapsed, tornado sirens were sounding across St. Louis as a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado rolled through. Several people at Kilroy's were ushered into the basement of the business until the storm passed.

Bar owner Art Randall told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch things were flying through the air sideways and metal chairs were being flung across the beer garden when the storm hit.

Roth said the man who died appeared to be in his 50s, but he didn't know the extent of injuries sustained by other victims.

Roth also said the tent had passed inspection and it didn't appear there would be any violation, although the investigation is ongoing.

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