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Dance floor sinks under patrons' feet at Florida bar

By Ben Hooper
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Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Managers at a Florida dance club said no one was injured when an enthusiastic dancing session caused the dance floor to buckle under the patrons' feet.

The Barn, a Sanford farmhouse converted into a bar and country dance hall, was closed for repairs Monday after a dancing session caused the floor to sink under the weight of hundreds of dancers.

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"I think the song was called 'Jump,' or something like that, and everyone started doing it at the same time and, like, a 100,000-pound jackhammer on my floor," manager Eric Thims told WKMG-TV.

"The floor was very forgiving. It swayed, but none of it broke. None of it popped up. No holes went through. We were blessed," Thims said. "Could have been really ugly because it's a hardwood floor made up of a bunch of strips, and once a strip starts to break, it pokes up and only one barely started to poke up. It was like a wave. It's incredible it didn't come apart."

Emergency responders were called to the scene, but there were no injuries.

Thims said performer Ryan Upchurch was playing at the time of the incident.

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"It just couldn't handle it," Thims said. "Back in 2013, we had Blake Shelton on the stage. When Blake Shelton moved, everyone moved with him and went side to side. When Upchurch moved, he was a little more energetic. He went up and down, and everyone kept going up and down like a jackhammer."

Upchurch posted a photo of the broken floor on Instagram and said he was asking the owner of the Barn to let him keep pieces of the floor so he could autograph them as keepsakes.

Sanford Fire Marshal Matt Minnetto said The Barn was not over capacity at the time of the accident.

"There was no information that this facility was overcrowded at the time of the floor failure," Minnetto said. "As far as I know, no investigation into overcrowding is going to occur since there was no information ever given on scene that night for overcrowding."

Thims said repairs at the facility are expected to take about two weeks. He said concrete is being poured under the floor to prevent future collapses.

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