Florida Deck Collapses During NBA Finals: 100 Fans Fall Into Water At Miami Restaurant [VIDEO, REPORT]

By Danny Choy on June 14, 2013 3:06 PM EDT

Florida deck collapse
Florida deck collapse sends hundreds of Miami fans into the water. 33 are injured, 3 critical. (Photo: Twitter / Stanley Staco ‏@stac)

A Florida deck collapses at a popular Miami restaurant during game four of the NBA finals on Thursday night. More than 100 stunned fans tumbled into the water as the wooden outdoor deck broke apart in a thunderous boom.

The incident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m., just minutes before half-time of the Miami Heat versus San Antonio Spurs game.

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According to witnesses, the fans all jumped to their feet when their team executed an exciting key play. The outdoor deck structure gave way to the force and collapsed into the water below.

The deck was built just five feet above waist-deep water, minimizing the potential danger of the ordeal. However, tables, chairs, and deck umbrellas all fell into the water along with the men, women, and children. According to the Miami Herald, many restaurant patrons panicked as they tried to scramble for safety.

"There was just a crack, and then we were in the water," described Crystal Infante, 23, who was enjoying dinner on the deck. "It was really hard to get out, and you couldn't find anyone."

"Everybody's watching the game. It sounded like a freight train, then everyone was gone," told witness Chris Volz, who saw the collapse from inside the bar. "The deck went down like a V."

First responders report approximately 100 people involved in the shocking Florida deck collapse. A total of 33 patrons were injured while 24 of them were brought to the hospital. Three are critically injured.

It isn't clear what the maximum capacity of the deck is but reports of a full restaurant parking lot suggest the sports bar's outdoor deck was packed. The exact cause of the deck collapse is unknown. Authorities determined the cause as a combination of over-crowding, aging supports, or even a design flaw.

Ultimately, the Miami Heat defeated the San Antonio Spurs 109-93, tying the NBA finals at 2-2.

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