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21 children injured after platform collapses at San Diego parkour gym for kids

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21 children injured after platform collapses at San Diego parkour gym for kids

San Diego’s Vault PK is usually packed with bouncing and flipping children on Saturday evenings, when it hosts a “kids’ night out” for budding athletes ages 5 to 14.

This past weekend was especially packed, parents said, as people cashed in a Groupon that got three kids into the parkour facility’s open gym for just $30. The three-hour event is supervised by Vault PK staff members, so it doubles as a parents’ night out, too.

Some of the nearly 150 children present played on the obstacle course, styled similarly to those on “American Ninja Warrior,” but roughly a third had gathered on a 10-foot-by-30-foot wooden viewing platform, parent Cory Brizendine told San Diego ABC-affiliate KGTV. That’s where the pizza was being served.

“Once the majority of kids got up there, the whole platform collapsed,” he said.

The crumbling structure took a connected staircase with it, authorities and witnesses told reporters. Wood and little bodies tumbled to the ground — on top of children playing below — forming a heap of injured kids and gym equipment.

Article via: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/11/12/21-children-injured-after-platform-collapses-at-san-diego-parkour-gym-for-kids/?utm_term=.9ea1e6957a83

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