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Indiana venues hope to learn from State Fair Tragedy

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The owner of this small carnival shut down 20 minutes before the storm hit the State Fair. The owner of this small carnival shut down 20 minutes before the storm hit the State Fair.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has its own weather center. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway has its own weather center.
The IMS hosts one of the largest outdoor events in the world. The IMS hosts one of the largest outdoor events in the world.
INDIANAPOLIS -

The State is backing away from its earlier claim it properly handled the weather emergency at the fairgrounds. Wednesday, operators of other venues were hoping the investigation of the fatal stage collapse helps improve safety elsewhere.

Marion County Fair Director Ron Phillips predicted the National Weather Service may even speed up warnings in the future.

"It will be a textbook case when nationally we're all going to be making calls and perhaps around the world," said Phillips. "This is going to change many things."

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which hosts one of the largest outdoor events in the world, says it will also review its emergency procedures after Saturday's disaster.

The Speedway's Doug Boles told us, "We'll be anxious to see what the commission finds that's investigating what happened to the State Fair grounds. I'm sure we'll all learn from that."

He says IMS will review how it communicates warnings to race-goers and look at the construction of tents and temporary stages at the IMS.

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