Wall fall down! Brooklyn Bridge rains granite on pedestrians

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Brooklyn Bridge is falling down.

A group of people who, according to reports, huddled under the bridge seeking shelter from a torrential downpour on Wednesday night got a rude surprise when they were hit with a hail of granite bricks from a bridge-support wall that collapsed during the rainstorm, according to fire officials. The collapse at Prospect and Washington streets injured three kids and two adults, according to the Fire Department.

Fire personnel got the call at 7:41 pm and paramedics rushed the battered victims to Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan to be treated for minor injuries, according to an FDNY rep.

It is unclear what caused the collapse, but federal records analyzed by the Associated Press indicate that the entire bridge is in dire need of repair and at risk of collapsing.

The iconic span has been undergoing major renovations for the last four years as part of a project that the Department of Transportation expects to wrap up next year. The scope of that work does not seem to encompass the section of wall that crumbled.

The support behind the wall is structurally sound, but an inspection of the bridge is ongoing, a transportation department rep said.

Reach reporter Matthew Perlman at (718) 260-8310. E-mail him at Follow him on Twitter @matthewjperlman.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Roberto Gautier says:
We are all awaiting a pointed investigation into the collapse of the stone wall of the Brooklyn Bridge overpass on 2 July '14. There is a need for a specific examination of the role of the contractor, Skanska-Koch. Residents of 140 Cadman Plaza West have been experiencing the impact of living across the street from an active, 24/7 construction site with a de facto waiver of the NYC Noise Code to boot. One theory about the accident is that the intense jackhammering, demolition and movement of heavy construction vehicles caused a loosening of the stones. The same vibrations from the work on the Bridge that seem to have contributed to cracks in our apartment walls could conceivably have compromised the stone wall.
July 3, 2014, 2:56 pm
Jane Doe from Brooklyn says:
Raise the gas tax.
July 3, 2014, 5:57 pm
Locks and Bagels from Brooklyn says:
It's because of all the romantic love locks that are being hooked on to the bridge.
July 3, 2014, 8:57 pm
Barry from Flatbush says:
No more big government spending! Let the country decay into a 21st century backwater.
July 4, 2014, 1:39 pm

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