Party City Shelving Collapse – BE AWARE!!!

When in a big box retailer like Party City, Target, Costco, Home Depot, etc. you must be aware of your surroundings. You never know when something is going to go wrong and things start falling from shelves OR the actual shelves start falling on you!!!

Yesterday, in Boca Raton, Florida, three people were treated for injuries after shelving inside a Party City collapsed. Fortunately, it appears no one was trapped under the fallen shelves or seriously injured. Perhaps everyone’s awareness in the store prevented a major catastrophe.

The shelving collapse was reported about 10 a.m. at the Party City on Powerline Road in Boca Raton, Florida.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue posted pictures of the fallen shelves and their rescue efforts on Twitter Click Here for Photos.

Boca Raton Police Captain Albert Borroto said seven shelves collapsed onto each other. Borroto also said all employees and vendors were accounted for, but rescuers searched the debris to make sure that nobody was trapped underneath the fallen shelving.

“The biggest concern was life safety, that there was somebody trapped under that rubble,” Borroto said.

Employees from other stores attempted to help before authorities arrived.

“All the shelves were down, starting from the wall all the way down to the middle of the store from the wall,” Susan Seiter, who works next door, told Local 10 News. “It looked like all rubble.”

It was not immediately known what caused the shelving to collapse like dominoes.

“The safety of our customers and employees is our number one priority, and Party City is committed to providing a safe, happy environment,” the company said in a statement. “The cause of this situation is under review as a similar incident has never occurred in our 800-store system. The Boca Raton location remains closed at this time.”


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