Scaffolding collapses in CBD, lands on cars; no injuries

Updated: Dec. 5, 2017 at 8:36 PM CST
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Scaffolding on a building under renovation collapsed Tuesday in the Central Business District.

The Fire Department said approximately eight tiers of scaffolding fell from against the building, covering a third of the block and landing on cars and the streetcar track. Two of the cars had people inside. Both walked away unharmed before firefighters arrived.

The incident happened across the street from One Shell Square on the Carondelet side at about 4:50 p.m.

The Regional Transit Authority de-energized the streetcar track until the scene was cleared. Contractors and supervisors of the construction team were on site, and there are no reported injuries.

The site was still being assessed and drivers were urged to avoid the area.

The New Orleans Fire Department, New Orleans Police Department, New Orleans Emergency Medical Services and Regional Transit Authority responded to the incident.

The cause of the collapse is under investigation.

"Safety and Permits and the building inspector, as well as Homeland Security on the scene, will make an assessment, and they will issue any necessary fines if they deem fit," said Eighth District Commander Nick Gernon.

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