Collapsed risers at Circus Juventas w...

Collapsed risers at Circus Juventas were overdue for inspection...

There are 22 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Aug 17, 2009, titled Collapsed risers at Circus Juventas were overdue for inspection.... In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

About 450 people fell to the floor when one of two major bleacher sections collapsed at Circus Juventas on Sunday evening.

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morganlefaye

Brooklyn, NY

#1 Aug 18, 2009
My friends and I were sitting at the top of the north risers a few weeks ago. There were two wooden planks placed end-to-end about 8 inches wide and 20 feet long behind us between our seats and the wall and was placed on the riser's frame. I think it was there to prevent us from falling through if we moved out chairs back, or if someone stepped behind the chairs. One of the two planks fell to the ground as we filed out during intermission. Luckily, no one was below it when it fell or standing on it, or someone would hav been seriously hurt. Someone came and lifted it back into place, but since it was not secured in any way, I called the City of St. Paul the following Monday, and I was told that the City would look into it. Since the article above says that "no one has complained about the risers", I assume I am "no one". ;)
Confused

United States

#2 Aug 18, 2009
I attended the show the night of the collapse. I sat on the North side in the second row "A" and was not injured. Did anyone else notice how crammed together the seating was? I am 6 feet tall and of slender build and I could not sit back in my seat. There was simply no room for my shoulders between my neighbors. I had to sit at an angle or sit forward during the entire show. Perhaps there were more chairs, or smaller chairs than previous years? Did anyone else notice this? The person next to me said the seats were more uncomfortable than previous years.

Dr Frank Lippenheimer

Since: Mar 09

Saint Paul, MN

#4 Aug 18, 2009
oh ..... my ..... God ..........

What kind of society do we live in?

I mean, when you cannot trust GOVERNMENT to see to the safety of OUR bleachers?!?

This is what 8 years of George W. Bush has wrought.

Thank God we have President Barack Obama. The day of government NEGLECT is over. WE DEMAND that SEIU union employees be hired in WHATEVER numbers may be deemed necessary to correct such heinous oversights.

These are our CHILDREN! And the GOVERNMENT has failed them.

I may just have to move to Berkeley to begin the healing process of getting over this .. this crime against humanity.
LIPPERT what is your job

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#5 Aug 18, 2009
"Had we known they (Circus Juventas) were putting it up twice a year, we would have made them get permits and inspected it," Lippert said.

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#6 Aug 18, 2009
It's amazing more people weren't seriously hurt in this incident. Best wishes to those who were injured.
LGA Larry

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Aug 18, 2009
waiting for Large Marge or Pogotaxer to blame Pawlenty some how...
Lily

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Aug 18, 2009
Since when are chairs put on top of bleachers?
Perhaps this is why the load was to great.
Sam

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Aug 18, 2009
And we all know how well extra inspections of the 35W bridge held it up..
JAdams

Hopkins, MN

#10 Aug 19, 2009
We all know how efficient St Paul city government is. They are always right on top of everything. And big government wants to run the health care industry.

Joan

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Aug 19, 2009
My daughters and I were at the Saturday evening show on the North Side Row A. The seats were not crowded at that show. The set up is wooden risers with folding chairs on the risers. The setup was not wobbling when we were there. I feel really bad for the people that got hurt as well as the Circus organization. It was a fluke accident.
LIPPERT what is your job

Inver Grove Heights, MN

#13 Aug 19, 2009
Joan wrote:
My daughters and I were at the Saturday evening show on the North Side Row A. The seats were not crowded at that show. The set up is wooden risers with folding chairs on the risers. The setup was not wobbling when we were there. I feel really bad for the people that got hurt as well as the Circus organization. It was a fluke accident.
Sorry to disagree ....sounds like the the people in charge of such "public safety issues" in St Paul were NOT doing there job...I have been to several BIG events there also ...The St Paul Police handled traffic control.

By the way St Paul Fire Marshall Office you been doing YOUR Inspections on this venue??
Mary Finley

Boyceville, WI

#14 Aug 19, 2009
Why don't you make people sign their real names to the screed and hate-filled dung that they write and have them own and take responsibility for their words..........thanks

“Sustainability Now!”

Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#15 Aug 19, 2009
Dr Frank Lippenheimer wrote:
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I may just have to move to Berkeley to begin the healing process of getting over this .. this crime against humanity.
Delta has several flights each day -- please leave immediately. You'll be glad you did!

P.S. While at Berkeley, please take an introductory course on Satire. We'll be glad you did!
Tom

Henderson, NV

#16 Aug 19, 2009
Madaman wrote:
<quoted text>
Delta has several flights each day -- please leave immediately. You'll be glad you did!
P.S. While at Berkeley, please take an introductory course on Satire. We'll be glad you did!
Delta??? I would prefer him flying Air France !!
Phil

Saint Paul, MN

#17 Aug 19, 2009
Mara: I was at the show on Saturday evening. When we got up to leave, there was a definite swaying of the bleachers. So much so that I commented about it to my wife that I should call about it. The next day I thought about it but never made the call. I feel bad about that. My e-mail is [email protected]

“Sustainability Now!”

Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#18 Aug 19, 2009
Mary Finley wrote:
Why don't you make people sign their real names to the screed and hate-filled dung that they write and have them own and take responsibility for their words..........thanks
You're a brave lady, Mary Finley. How do know the hate-filled dung will not now stalk you and perhaps even harm you for daring to call them on their feces? There are PLENTY of true-believing kooks out there.

Heck, years ago I made a few rather pointed comments in an article published in the Stribune, and a week later two right-wing preachers were on my doorstep! They left when my wife informed them I wasn't home, so I missed the opportunity to confront them directly.

“Sustainability Now!”

Since: May 08

Vadnais Heights

#19 Aug 19, 2009
Tom wrote:
<quoted text>Delta??? I would prefer him flying Air France !!
You are too kind. Why not Air Iran? Air Hezbollah?

Since: Apr 08

Twin Cities

#21 Aug 19, 2009
Madaman wrote:
<quoted text>
Delta has several flights each day -- please leave immediately. You'll be glad you did!
P.S. While at Berkeley, please take an introductory course on Satire. We'll be glad you did!
Madaman, just checking in with you & Castanote. I sent an email about a week ago, not sure if it's still floating in cyblivion (that place where random emails of mine occasionally end up). Hope all's well!

Zen
JAdams

Minneapolis, MN

#22 Aug 19, 2009
Mary Finley wrote:
Why don't you make people sign their real names to the screed and hate-filled dung that they write and have them own and take responsibility for their words..........thanks
Mary, don't worry. I sent my own name into Obama's snitch line so they would know who I am and where to find me.

Are you familiar with history? Ever heard or Mrs. Silence Dogood?
concerned

Mexico

#23 Aug 19, 2009
the bleachers were set up by the kids

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