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New Orleans' Hard Rock Casino hotel collapses with 'multiple casualties'
The incident happened on New Orleans' Canal Street - a major thoroughfare through the centre of the popular tourist city


A Hard Rock hotel collapsed in downtown New Orleans leaving one person dead and three people missing.

Shocking footage shows pedestrians scrambling for cover as the top floors of the building fell to the ground in a giant cloud of dust.

Another harrowing video shows cars frantically trying to escape falling debris as terrified tourists watch on.

The incident happened on Canal Street, a major thoroughfare through the centre of New Orleans, on Saturday morning.

First responders from the fire and police departments are at the scene with at least 18 injured people taken to hospital, reports nola.com.

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New Orleans Fire Department spokesperson Tim McConnell said the structure of the upper building remains very unstable.

“Our biggest fear right now is the crane, it’s 270 foot,” McConnell said. “So the reach of that crane, if it were to come down has a tremendous amount of weight on it.”

At least one person is dead and several people are unaccounted for, according to Louisiana State Governor John Bel Edwards.

The city's emergency response authority urged locals to stay away from the area.

It tweeted: "This is an active scene. Please avoid the area & listen to public safety officials. "

“Now is not the time to be sightseers,” Governor Edwards added.

"You’re not going to be allowed anywhere near the site of the collapse. So please do yourself a favor, but more importantly do the first responders a favor so they can focus on the situation at hand and not have to focus on pedestrians.”

Around 45 people were working on the site, according to reports.

One bystander said he saw workers "hanging on", with the crane "just sort of dangling there."

"It was a deep, rumbling sound, like an airplane maybe. It drew my head immediately", another eyewitness said.

"It looked like the concrete just slid from the top all the way down to the street.

He also recounted how one bystander narrowly escaped death.

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"Now is not the time to be sightseers,” Governor Edwards added.

"You’re not going to be allowed anywhere near the site of the collapse. So please do yourself a favor, but more importantly do the first responders a favor so they can focus on the situation at hand and not have to focus on pedestrians.”
Is it sad that I am honestly shocked and amazed to find a political leader (and a Dem no less) with an actual iota of common sense? This is an absolutely perfect message in an emergency. Contrast this with California where Gavin Newsom is immediately seeking to point blame following all the issues and the death caused by the elective blackouts, and the ongoing wild fires. (Hint; the person who bears the blame for all of that mess and the death is Gavin Newsom)
 

Dunkirk

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A Casino was built with shoddy workmanship and materials? what a shocker. Anybody have the videos that were reported in the news articles by chance?
 

Bunny Tracks

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Anyone having flashbacks to the bridge in Florida? You're going to start seeing stories like this more and more as diversity hires bring third world engineering to the streets of America.
I disagree. Shoddy, dangerous engineering, and construction almost always has to do with greed, and over-confidence. If they do outsource to other countries it's to cut costs, and not for woke-points.
 

MightyBiteySnake

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Wonder what limp-dicked "engineers" and contractors were responsible for this. Hopefully they'll be out of a job
 
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