Balcony collapse Chicago 29/06/2003

Without Warning, Chaos

(CBS) It was the first really warm summer night in Chicago’s Lincoln Park, and a group of kids, most just out of college, were looking to make the most of it.

Chicago balcony collapse kills 12

Twelve people were killed in the US city of Chicago when a second-floor balcony collapsed during a party in an apartment building, authorities have confirmed.

I thought I'd die, says balcony collapse woman

A woman who survived a the collapse of a balcony in which at least 12 people died said she heard wood splitting just before she fell.

Chicago Porch Collapse

Friends of victims sit on a curb outside an alley, after an overloaded third-floor porch of an apartment building collapsed during a party early Sunday, June 29, 2003, in Chicago, sending people and debris crashing to the ground. Twelve young people were killed and as many as 57 others were injured.

2003 Lincoln Park porch collapse kills 13

On June 29, 2003, a third-level porch behind an apartment building at 713 W. Wrightwood Ave. in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago collapsed under the weight of an estimated 114 people, killing 13 and injuring more than 50.

Chicago Balcony Collapse – 2003

Chicago, the windy city, is bitingly cold in winter but breezes from Lake Michigan are very welcome in the heat of summer. Much of the city was built in the 19th century, before the days of air-conditioning, and apartment blocks were usually built with balconies. Unlike New York’s famous metal fire escapes, the Chicago versions were generally built of wood.

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