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Merriweather Post Pavilion Roof Collapses

Merriweather Post Pavilion Roof Collapses
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The roof of the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Coumbia, Md., collapsed the morning of Jan. 13, possibly because of strong winds.

The roof was being raised as part of a five-year renovation project, according to operators I.M.P., and had been lifted hydraulically 20 feet over a period of months. The roof was in it’s near-final position when it unexpectedly fell, according to a statement.

There were no injuries and a team of experts is assessing why it collapsed, according to the statement.

“Well, we knew it was too easy,” I.M.P. Chairman Seth Hurwitz said in a statement. “So, just to see what we’re REALLY made of, we were shown what the roof was made of. UP close and in person.

“Last night, in the middle of our months-long raising operation, the winds of fate prevailed and decided that, instead of simply raising the roof, we should just go ahead and build a new one. Was not our decision but the bright side is all the money we save on imploding.

“Nobody was hurt. That is, of course, the most important thing. Second most … yes, everything will be ready for season opening.”

The collapse occurred as a strong cold front passed through the region but the National Weather Service received no reports of severe wind gusts, according to the Baltimore Sun.

A video is available here

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