Video Shows Entire Dance Floor Caving In

30 are injured in shocking collapse
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 21, 2018 1:03 PM CDT

(Newser) – The floor of a condominium clubhouse near Clemson University collapsed during a large private party early Sunday, hurtling dozens of people into the basement, authorities said. About 30 people were taken to local hospitals after the center of the floor caved in at the clubhouse near the South Carolina university. Clemson City Police said nobody was trapped and none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, the AP reports. Video posted on social media shows a large part of the first floor falling as people danced, causing many of them to tumble to the floor below. 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 around the remaining edges of the floor and stared 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 he heard a sudden "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," he said.
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