Part of Brooklyn Bridge facade collapses

Last updated 14:41 03/07/2014
Brooklyn Bridge
LUKAS JACKSON/Reuters

STORM-DAMAGED: A man stands underneath the Brooklyn Bridge to photograph a summer storm bearing down on New York on July 2. The same storm cased part of the bridge's facade to collapse.

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Authorities say a section of the facade inside an underpass of the Brooklyn Bridge has collapsed, injuring five people.

It happened on Wednesday night (local time) in Brooklyn during a thunderstorm.

A fire department spokesman says the collapse involved a section roughly 7.6 metres wide.

All of the injuries were minor. It wasn't immediately known who was hurt.

Department of Buildings inspectors were investigating.

There was no word on what caused the collapse.

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