Almost a dozen people were injured, two critically, after an overcrowded balcony collapsed and sent party-goers plummeting 15ft onto a rocky coastline.
Surveillance footage from a neighboring home in Malibu, California, where the accident happened, shows the moment the packed balcony cracks under pressure from the weight it was carrying. As the partially wooden structure crumbles, at least 15 people who were stood on it are dumped onto jagged rocks below.
Screaming and the sound of panic can be heard in the footage as the balcony disappears from sight completely.
According to fire officials, two people were critically injured in the incident, which happened at around 5pm on Saturday, while four others were taken to hospital for treatment and a further five were treated at the scene, reports CBS Los Angeles.
The balcony was overcrowded when it collapsed (Picture: AP)
A neighbor’s surveillance camera caught the collapse as it happened (Picture: MikeRogersTV)
Speaking to the outlet, the owner of the home said they rented out their flat to some young adults for the weekend, and was under the impression that a maximum of six people would be in attendance.
However, the owner said she later learned from a neighbor that there were about 30 people at the home. She said she tried to clear the house of the unwanted guests for three hours but was having difficulties.
The homeowner, who doesn’t want to be named, said she spoke to the party-goers on the phone close to 5pm, which is just before the decking collapses.
A witness said: ‘We heard a crack, and I literally saw all my best friends and my girlfriend fall 15-feet to the rocks.
‘The deck just literally gave out. It could’ve been a lot worse, but it’s pretty awful.’
‘It’s problematic living on the ocean., it’s scary’, aid Jared Enngren, a neighbor of the property where the accident happened.
‘I just went and looked at it. It’s very scary. They’re lucky’, he added.
The people plummeted 15ft onto rocky shoreline below (Picture: ABC7NY)
According to CBS Los Angeles, some of those who were injured are looking into filing a lawsuit.
Attorney Shervin Lalezary, who represents at least four of those who were injured, said: ‘Some of my clients have orthopedic issues. One of them hit their head.’
The fire department has since declared the house uninhabitable.
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