Ridgway, PA Storm and Circus Tent Collapse, May 1902

Circus Tents Collapse.

Ridgway, Pa., May 23---During a severe rain and wind storm last night John Robinson's circus tents were blown down upon a large audience.

.....Immediately after the collapse of the tents the canvas caught fire from gasoline lights and while the struggling people were trying to get out of the trap in which they found themselves, fire, wind, rain and fright added to the prevailing confusion.

Nearly everybody in the tent was bruised more or less seriously. Nobody was killed.

The Newark Advocate, Newark, OH 23 May 1902