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Apr 29, 2012 12:41 AM by Jacqui Heinrich

1 dead after storm blows down St. Louis beer tent

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A man was killed and five other people seriously injured when high winds swept through a beer tent where 200 people were gathered after a Cardinals game in St. Louis.

Seventeen were hospitalized and up to 100 people were treated at the scene after straight-line winds whipped through a large tent outside Kilroy's Sports Bar, near Busch Stadium. The crowd was celebrating the Cardinals' 7-3 win over Milwaukee.

Public Safety Director Eddie Roth says winds of about 50 mph shattered aluminum poles that held up the tent. The force of the wind Saturday afternoon blew the tent onto an adjacent railroad bridge.

The bar's owner, Art Randall, says firefighters told him it was a lightning strike that killed the man. Roth says he cannot confirm a cause of death.

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