Williamsburg demolition site collapses, rains debris on street below

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WILLIAMSBURG -

A demolition site in Williamsburg collapsed Wednesday, causing debris to pour down on vehicles below.

Officials say pieces of a two-story building on Wythe Avenue tumbled down into the street. There were no injuries.

The city's Department of Buildings told News 12 that inspectors have issued a full stop work order for the site and also issued a violation for failure to safeguard.

Officials say their preliminary investigation found machinery was being used contrary to the approved plans.

Laura Lane, who lives near the demolition site, says she frequently walks underneath the scaffolding outside the building. She says she is grateful she wasn't there at the time of the collapse.

"I have a 9-month-old baby, so seeing a collapse like that is incredibly terrifying when it's the street we walk on every day," she says.

Officials say they are continuing to probe the incident.

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