‘It sounded like something exploded’: Injured student describes roof collapse in storm


A camera inside the gymnasium at Union Intermediate School in Sampson County captured the moment the roof collapsed Monday, forcing students to run to safety.

The video, released Tuesday by Sampson County Schools, shows students playing before running away as the roof falls in, crumpling a stage and taking down part of a wall.

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Chloe Brewer, a fifth-grader, is one of the 21 students who were in the gym at the time. She and two other students were injured when the roof and wall came down.

“It was our PE day,” Chloe said. “We were playing basketball, and it just sounded like something exploded in there.”

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