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Fire Marshall explains his recommendation to call off concert and evacuate

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Support beams cracked so badly the interior wood was exposed was one of the main factors that convinced Lt. Ulysses Gladden to recommend canceling the Panic at the Disco concert at the Tabernacle on Friday night.

The Atlanta Fire Marshall was conducting one of his rounds of the building when he noticed a light swaying above him.

He was in the merchandising area below the open floor in front of the main stage at the Tabernacle.  

About 20 feet above him, hundreds of fans reveled to the music of their favorite band; jumping and dancing, unwittingly pushing the floor closer and closer to collapse.

Gladden called the venue's management and security to assess the situation; they all agreed to cancel the show for everyone's safety.

According to Gladden, had the floor given way hundreds could have plunged through the hole and injured themselves; some could have been killed.

Accidents at concerts are somewhat rare, but they do occur. In 2011 part of the stage collapsed onto concert goers at the Indiana State Fair; seven died in that incident.

Thankfully no one was hurt Friday. Disappointed fans were ushered out of the building before the floor could cave in.

According to their Facebook page, the Tabernacle management brought in structural engineers and had them onsite that same evening.

As of Sunday, there has been no word from the management team about how long it will take to fix the problem or how they are going about fixing it.

They have already had to reschedule one performance that was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8; there are three more events scheduled Feb. 13, 14, and 15. No word on if they too will be rescheduled or allowed to go on.

Lt. Gladden says, in order to repair the building the Tabernacle's management will have to work with the Atlanta Office of Buildings to secure permits.

He was unable to estimate how long the repairs may take, as that is outside of his expertise. He does say, final approval for the Tabernacle to reopen will come from the Office of Buildings.

According to Gladden, 2x6 beams were cracked from end to end. Tabernacle management is not letting television cameras inside to show the extent of the damage or what is being replaced to make the floor safer.

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