A crowded second-floor apartment balcony at Virginia Commonwealth University collapsed during a party over the weekend, sending around 20 people to the hospital with broken bones and other injuries, the Commonwealth Times reports. "The stairs were wobbly and the railing at the bottom was completely loose and wobbling," said one former tenant who also was at the party. "I didn't think it would literally happen, but I was like, 'It's going to collapse.' "
In other less alarming apartment failure news, the floor at an apartment occupied by three James Madison University students and one nonstudent caved in as the four tenants were holding a birthday party this past weekend, the Breeze reports. No one in the room was injured, but the entire complex was evacuated sometime after 1 a.m. Sunday.
The deputy fire chief could not confirm how many people were at the party, just saying that there were "more than there should have been." This is not the first time the floor in an apartment has caved in at this complex. James Madison also plans to provide temporary housing for the three affected students.