A balcony on the seventh floor of a building in Shenyang, Liaoning province suddenly cracked and fell off, bringing down with it the balcony on the floor below. The incident has raised concern among tenants over the construction quality of the residential building.
The female owner of the flat was cooking in the kitchen when she suddenly heard cracking noises coming from the balcony. She was about to go check on it, but a ringing timer stopped her. A few seconds later, she heard a loud noise and turned around to see that her balcony had “vanished”.
The woman, surnamed Li, had seemingly been saved by the bell. She said she was thankful she didn’t go check on the balcony right away, or she may have gone down with it.
Frighteningly enough, when the structure on the seventh floor collapsed, it dragged the balcony on the sixth floor down with it. Nobody was injured in the incident, but the impact of the falling balconies crushed part the balcony on fifth floor as well.
“I was in the house when it happened,” the tenant in the fifth-floor flat said. “It was terrifying. I heard this thundering noise and saw the balcony being crushed by the falling balconies above. My flat was covered in dust and bricks, and I thought it was an earthquake at first.”
According to other residents in the building, the balconies were mostly used by tenants to store kitchenware. They also added that none of the tenants had carried out renovations before the incident.
By Crystal Lau
[Images via China Daily]