Armchair Inspectors, Got to love em! First, I visited the site before making a comment, did you? Second,to the other post, dogging Brunswick County without knowing all the facts is the same as a low information voter. (See where that got us}!! "What caused" this is speculative and "may" be rusted nails and/or a combination of different factors. "What actually happened" is obvious. There were NO headers,columns,bolts or stringers involved. Only girders, joists, ledgers and nails. Both "Girders" were bolted to pilings and did not fail. Joists are perpendicular to and attached to the girders supported underneath by a nominal 2"x 2" ledger. Only NAILS were holding the deck joists and ledger to the girder. Once the ocean side end of the joists and ledger separated from the girder the other end of the joists pulled away from it's girder leaving that ledger still attached. Result= Full deck Failure. Main concern is the injured. I wish them a speedy recovery.
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