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Video shows floor collapsing at Clemson South Carolina clubhouse party

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Police
tape surrounds an apartment complex after a floor collapsed early
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, during a party in Clemson, S.C., near the
campus of Clemson University.

Mollie
Simon/The Independent-Mail via AP


  • The floor collapsed at an apartment complex in South Carolina
    on Saturday night.
  • Dozens of party-goers plunged to the basement, and at least
    30 people were injured.
  • The party was during Clemson University’s homecoming weekend.

When college students celebrated Clemson University’s blowout homecoming win at a
crowded apartment clubhouse on Saturday night, the floor gave
way, and dozens plunged to the basement.

At least 30 people were injured in the incident at The Woodlands of Clemson, a ritzy apartment
complex about three miles from campus.

Videos posted to social media captured the moment the floor
collapsed:

Clemson City Police said no one was trapped and none of the
injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

Clemson sophomore Larissa Stone told the
Independent Mail
of Anderson that the room was “packed” and a
popular song was playing when the floor collapsed.

“So everyone was jumping. The beat was about to drop and
literally the whole floor collapsed,” she said. “It happened so
quickly. I stood up, and everyone was trying to climb out. People
are under other people. People are hurt. People are bleeding. I
had blood on my sneakers. It was really bad.”

Partygoers screamed, and those who didn’t fall stood on portions
of the first floor that remained and gazed below in shock. Some
people standing on the sidelines pulled out their cellphones to
record the floor collapse.

A witness who attended the party said people were jumping and
then suddenly he heard “a boom.”

“All you seen was falling, everybody’s hands up in the air,”
Franzie Pendergrass told
WYFF News 4.

Leroy Pearson said he went to try to help injured people and saw
what he thought looked like broken ankles and legs.

“It was crazy,” Pearson said.

Police said the event was a private party by a group that had
leased the clubhouse at the Woodlands Apartments.

Property manager Tal Slann told The Associated Press that the
condominium complex was built in 2004-2005. He said he could not
comment on whether there was a limit on the number of people who
were supposed to use the clubhouse at one time.

“I can tell you there was a party. I can tell you there was a
floor collapse. There were injuries. They were not
life-threatening. Nobody was trapped,” he said.

Police said they received a call at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday about
the collapse. Ambulances were quickly called to the scene, and
about 30 people were transported to local hospitals with
injuries.

The university tweeted that student affairs representatives
went to the hospitals
to support students and that counseling was available for
anyone affected by the incident. University president Jim
Clements said he was monitoring the situation, as well.

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