Witnesses describe rumbling sound as building collapsed

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Witnesses say they heard a loud rumbling sound immediately before today’s collapse of a four-story building that was being demolished in Philadelphia.

The city’s fire commissioner says the collapse injured 13 people and trapped one other person.

One woman who was on the fifth floor of an apartment building across the street says she was looking out her window, watching the work on the building, and “heard something go kaboom.” Veronica Haynes says she saw ‘the whole side of the wall fall down” onto a neighboring building.

Two men who’d been working on a roof of a nearby building heard what sounded like two loud bangs or explosions. They immediately ran down the scaffolding and helped pull out two women and a man.

One of them says he “knew it was going to happen” because of the methods being used to tear down the building. Patrick Glynn says, “For weeks they’ve been standing on the edge knocking bricks off.” He says, “You could just see it was ready to go at any time.”


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