Caught on camera: Miami building collapse

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MIAMI, Fla. (WTVJ) – At least one person was hospitalized after a Miami Beach building that was being demolished collapsed Monday morning.

Miami Beach Police and firefighters responded to the scene after the collapse happened around 10 a.m.

Footage posted on social media showed the 12-story building quickly collapsing in a cloud of dust.

Witnesses said people were nearby watching as construction workers were demolishing the building when it collapsed.

“The building finally collapsed, and it collapsed towards Collins Avenue and debris started flying towards us,” one man said. “A boulder about the size of the front end of a car flew across the street, hit a man that was standing, one of the construction men, and the boulder hit him in the center of his chest and threw him probably about five feet.”

Miami Beach police officials tweeted that the victim was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Police said in a tweet that the building had “a demolition permit, not an implosion permit.” The 12-story Marlborough House was to be torn down for construction of a new oceanfront condominium.

Traffic was closed in the area.
 

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