The circus company, Walker International Events of Sarasota, Florida, made no effort to notify anyone of the pending conditions, stop the show, or evacuate the tent. About 100 people were in the tent when it collapsed.
State Fire Marshal Bill Degnan said "The circus did not have a place of assembly permit, and that's one of the things that we're looking into." Degnan also said that it's unknown why the show continued during a severe thunderstorm warning. He added that it was the responsibility of the circus organizer to monitor weather conditions.
Lancaster is a small town in the northern part of the state near the White Mountains National Forest.