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Scaffolding collapses onto cars in Long Beach

February 9, 2009 |  2:18 pm

Eight cars were damaged today when scaffolding next to a Long Beach parking structure fell five stories.

Eight cars were damaged today when scaffolding next to a Long Beach parking structure fell five stories, authorities said. An empty scaffold near the cross streets of Long Beach Boulevard and Broadway collapsed about 11:35 a.m. after the tarp covering it caught the wind like a sail and pulled the raised platform down, said Chief Hayes Frank of the Long Beach Fire Department.

The framework belonged to a company doing plaster work on the six-story-high parking ramp, next to the Pacific Tower building, Frank said. No injuries were reported.

“One of the foremen from the company performing the work stated that, due to the rain, luckily there were no workers on the scaffolding when it collapsed,” he said.

Broadway, which was closed from Pine to Long Beach Boulevard, is expected to be opened this evening.

-- Corina Knoll

Photo credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

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