A three-story porch collapsed suddenly during a fraternity party in Hartford, Connecticut on the night of September 10th, sending dozens of people to the hospital. None of the victims sustained life-threatening injuries, according to a report in the Hartford Courant (see: "Dozens Injured In Porch Collapse At Party Near Trinity College," by David Owens, Alaine Griffin, and Kathleen McWilliams).

A photo taken on the scene shows where a Hartford, Conn., deck ripped away from a house on September 10. (Photo by Brian J. Foley/Hartford Police Department)
A photo taken on the scene shows where a Hartford, Conn., deck ripped away from a house on September 10. (Photo by Brian J. Foley/Hartford Police Department)

"One moment it was a typical college party hosted by Kappa Sigma Fraternity members at 1713-15 Broad Street," the paper reported. "It was the first weekend back at school for returning students and friends were getting reacquainted. Then about 11:15 p.m. Saturday came the sound of cracking wood and a second later the screams and cries of the injured... [Trinity senior Julianna Leone] said she was at the edge of the porch looking at the people below when the collapse occurred, the top porch collapsing onto the two porches below, bringing them down."

The building on the edge of the Trinity College campus is owned by the college, according to local station WTNH News8 (see: "More than two dozen students injured after deck collapse at off-campus party").

Deputy Chief Brian J. Foley of the Hartford Police Department posted a handful of photos from the scene on his Twitter feed (see: "Off-campus party caused deck collapse"). Notable among Foley's images was a shot of what appears to be a 30-foot-long "beer bong" lying in the wreckage. Foley's photos don't offer a clear view of the deck's structural details, but in a quick email to JLC, he noted: "No lags, only nails in ledger. Along with some rot."