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Spectator injured by flying debris could file lawsuit

There’s something about the demolition of buildings that people find rather fascinating. It’s not often you can watch a building implode, so when it happens crowds often gather from afar to watch.

That’s what happened when the Amway Arena was demolished late last month. But what spectators weren’t expecting was flying debris. One man was reportedly injured by flying metal, and now the demolition company could be facing a personal injury lawsuit.

After the implosion late last month, only the four corners of the building, which housed staircases, were left standing. That was by design so they could protect nearby buildings and spectators from debris. But as the rest of the building came down, a flying piece of steel rebar flew into a crowd about a block away, striking a man in the leg, according to Orlando Police.

The material, typically used in construction to enforce concrete, was about eight inches long. The CEO of the company managing the demolition, ZMG Construction, says that they are unsure how it happened.

The injured man, who was standing in a crowd at Parramore Avenue and Amelia Street about a block away, was taken to the hospital for treatment. His injures were considered to be minor. The demolition firm, Dykon Explosive Demolition Corporation, was paying the 33-year-old man’s medical bills, but it was still possible he would file a lawsuit.

Clearing out the leveled building could take several weeks. The injured man’s memory of the bizarre incident is likely to linger long after the building is gone.

Source: Bay News 9, “Flying debris from Amway Arena implosion could spark lawsuit,” Mark Jenkins, March 26, 2012

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