St. Louis may change policy on tents

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis public safety director says he plans to rewrite regulations to require evacuations of large public tents during severe weather warnings.

Eddie Roth told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/KumOxe ) it is unsafe for people to be under a tent in severe weather. His comments came days after a strong storm last weekend destroyed a party tent at Kilroy’s Sports Bar near Busch Stadium, injuring about 100 people and killing 58-year-old Alfred Goodman of Waterloo, Ill.

Roth will await a report from fire and building inspectors on the incident at Kilroy’s before rewriting the policy to require evacuation from party tents whenever the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning or a severe thunderstorm warning.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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