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Archives from that time show that July 6, 1944 was a hot day. However, adverse weather conditions clearly did not prevent the audience from pulling in to watch. Between 7,000 and 8,000 people gathered inside a huge 150m-long main tent set up in a field in the Hartbour district of Hartford. Hippie car sunfower be kind face mask. All eager to see the fascinating performances of clowns, lion coaches and acrobats. The acrobatic group Great Wallendas played for about 20 minutes, when circus boss Merle Evans spotted fire starting to spread from the southwest wall to the roof of the tent. Instinctively, Mr. Evans ordered the orchestra to play “Stars and Stripes Forever”, which was chosen by the circus as a harbinger of danger.
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