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Shelter dangers outlined as state seeks injunction against Tornado Masters

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Two experts testify on first day of hearing about Tornado Masters shelters Two experts testify on first day of hearing about Tornado Masters shelters
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -Two expert witnesses laid out more than a dozen flaws with shelters built by Tornado Masters of Toney even as the owner defended his company.

The State Attorney General took Tornado Masters to court Friday seeking a preliminary injunction.

State Fire Marshal Ed Paulk testified about seven violations, including poor ventilation and improper doors, that he found with a shelter at Huntsville Christian Academy.

"There was just enough questions to consider the shelter not safe and until its repaired and brought into compliance we've asked that it not be used," said Paulk.

An engineering expert testified about violations he found after looking over more than a dozen residential type storm shelters.

Company owner Les Holt disputed the allegations.  "These are accusations against me.  Do I believe them?  No, no," said Holt.

Holt will get a chance to respond to the accusations in court when the hearing resumes Monday at 9:30.

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