Authorities probe deck collapse at Florida sports bar

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Fla. Investigators are examining a twisted pile of concrete, metal and wood, as they try to find out why a waterfront deck at a sports bar collapsed into Biscayne Bay near Miami Beach last night.

A crowd that was watching the Miami Heat play in the NBA finals on TV was dumped into the bay, and about two dozen people were hurt. Most were treated and released at hospitals, and just one remained hospitalized today.

Authorities estimate that about 100 people were on the deck at Shuckers Bar and Grill when a support on one end apparently gave way, causing the deck to buckle in the middle and fall about 8 feet into the bay. A structural engineer who inspected the debris says if the fans were jumping up and down as they cheered their team, it would have been "an additional load" on the deck.

It's not clear just how old the deck was, and when it was last inspected or renovated.

The coach of the Miami Heat told reporters in Texas that he's been to the sports bar many times. Erik Spoelstra says, "All of our thoughts are with those people, and we hope everybody's OK."

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