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Dozens hurt when floor collapses during Fla. party

TALLAHASSEE — More than 50 people were hurt when a floor collapsed during a party at an apartment building in Florida, police said.

Police spokeswoman Anitra Highland said no one died when the floor collapsed just after 1:20 a.m. Sunday. She described most of the injuries as broken bones and sprains.

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When the floor gave way, more than 100 partygoers fell from the second floor to the first floor in the Seminole Grand Apartments’ clubhouse. Fire officials estimated damage to the building at $250,000.

It was not clear what caused the floor to collapse, investigators said.

A Florida A&M University student at the party says the collapse was ‘‘like riding a roller coaster with no seat belts.’’

Highland says a dozen people were taken to hospitals with injuries that were not considered life-threatening. Some of the partygoers had to be removed from the building by ladder because access to the stairs was blocked.

The apartment complex, which was built in 1995, consists of about 40 buildings on 44 acres.

Associated Press

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