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Severe storm prompts N. Ind. fairground evacuation

A northern Indiana county fair official says 1 of the lessons from last year's deadly Indiana State Fair stage collapse played a role in his decision to evacuate the county's grandstands ahead of a severe thunderstorm.

Elkhart County Fair emergency director Phil Wogoman says he ordered Thursday's evacuation of the grandstands at the Goshen fairgrounds because he feared lightning might strike fairgoers.

Wogoman tells WSBT-TV most of the fair's emergency procedures were in place before high winds toppled a State Fair stage last August, killing seven people awaiting the start of a Sugarland concert.

But he says Elkhart County's fair now uses a private meteorological service to monitor weather. Using such as service was 1 of the recommendations made by a company that investigated the deadly stage collapse.

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