Transcript for New Hampshire Tent Collapse: Circus May Not Have Had Permit
Now the latest on that deadly tent collapse in new Hampshire. We now know the circus did not have a permit to operate on that fairground as we learned the identity of the father and his daughter killed when those powerful winds ripped the tent out of the ground. ABC's Linzie Janis is on the scene in Lancaster, new Hampshire. Good morning, Linzie. Reporter: Good morning, Amy. As investigators try to re-create that scene behind me, several parents we've spoken with say their children are still shaken. This morning, investigators combing through evidence trying to determine why this circus tent came crashing down killing two and injuring more than 30 others. I was trying to get out and I was running and I slipped and then that's when the pole hit me on the head. Reporter: And overnight, this bombshell from authorities. The circus operators did not have the required permit to be at the Lancaster fairgrounds. They just went and set up and did it. Reporter: Officials also saying they don't know why the walker brothers international circus went ahead with the show like the one scene in this video. Despite a severe storm warning going out minutes earlier. Their responsibility is for the safety of their guests. Reporter: The florida-based circus company is said to be cooperating with investigators. But more than 36 hours after the tragedy executives still not responding to our request for comment. The company's president has a history of violations dating back to 1997. When the ap reports he was cited for improperly treatment of the animals and court documents reveal in 2001 he and his associates agreed to pay $25,000 in fines for violations including mistreating elephants. Patricia young lost her husband Robert and 6-year-old daughter Annabelle in the accident. She says when the tent started ripping apart, each parent grabbed a child and ran. She grabbed the couple's 7-year-old daughter. But Robert died trying to protect Annabelle. The circus has not performed since the tragedy canceling another two shows scheduled for today in New Hampshire. George. Thank you, Linzie.
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