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St. Louis Baseball Fans' Celebratory Event Turns Deadly With Tent Collapse


"This gives us nightmares."

One person was killed, 16 taken to the hospital and at least 100 treated on site for injuries after a tent collapsed during a severe storm. (Photo: Screenshot KSDK)

ST. LOUIS (The Blaze/AP) -- One person has died and more than a dozen were taken to a hospital with injuries after high winds blew over a beer tent near Busch Stadium.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday that the man who died suffered a heart attack during the commotion when a sudden storm blew through around 3:50 p.m. Saturday.

Watch this raw video of the scene from the KSDK:

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 Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers earlier in the afternoon.

The newspaper reported that it was not clear if the man who died was struck during the storm or went into cardiac arrest because of the shock.

Kilroy's owner Art Randall said things were flying through the air sideways and metal chairs were being flung across the beer garden by the storm.

Witnesses said the storm lasted several seconds and estimated the winds were between 60 to 80 mph.

CNN has more:

"We had live wires lying on the ground. We have severe injuries to quite a few people," said St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson. "This gives us nightmares."

The area had been under a severe thunderstorm watch, with a warning issued shortly before the incident.

"The wind speed when it hit that tent could have been 40 to 50 miles per hour, may have been stronger. It's hard to tell," said National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Kramper. "This cell blew up very quickly."

A strong thunderstorm north of the city produced golf-ball-sized and larger hail, according to Kramper.

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.

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