A look at past US accidents involving balcony collapses

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Posted: Jun 16, 2015 3:01 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Six people died and seven others were seriously injured when a fourth-floor balcony crammed with revelers collapsed Tuesday in Berkeley, California. All least five of the dead people were Irish students in the U.S. on temporary work visas.

Police, fire and building officials were working to determine what caused the balcony to break loose from the side of the apartment building.

Here's a look at similar accidents in the past:

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CHICAGO, JUNE 29, 2003

About 50 people were on a third-floor porch in the affluent Lincoln Park neighborhood when it fell. Seven men and six women died, most crushed on porches below. At least 57 people were injured.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, VIRGINIA, MAY 18, 1997

A second-floor balcony filled with people seeking a view of the University of Virginia graduation ceremony collapsed, killing one person and injuring 18.

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SAN FRANCISCO, FEBRUARY 1996

One woman was killed and 14 others were injured when the deck of a fourth-floor apartment dropped more than 30 feet during a cocktail party.

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AVALON, NEW JERSEY, JULY 1995

More than two dozen people were hurt, one seriously, when a deck collapsed at a vacation home along the Jersey Shore.

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LOS ANGELES, JULY 1984

A balcony at a home in the San Fernando Valley collapsed, injuring 23 people who fell 15 feet after partygoers crowded to watch a Fourth of July fireworks display.

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LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, JUNE 1983

A wooden sun deck collapsed at a country club in the town of Manorville, injuring at least 36 people.

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ROGERS, ARKANSAS, MAY 1982

A second-story balcony at a children's ranch collapsed under the weight of 70 children, injuring 34 people who had gathered for a birthday party.