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Federal agency reviewing ECU bleacher collapse

Posted September 12, 2010 11:22 a.m. EDT
Updated September 12, 2010 4:52 p.m. EDT

— The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission has started an investigation into a bleacher collapse during a football game at East Carolina University.

Ten rows of bleachers in Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium occupied by about 100 students collapsed during ECU's season opener against Tulsa Sept. 5. Around a dozen students suffered minor injuries.

CBS News affiliate WCNT reports that an official with the Consumer Products Safety Commission was on campus Friday. The commission is reviewing the bleachers, the concrete and building plans.

ECU officials told WCNT that the bleachers somehow became unattached to the concrete of the stadium. The bleachers were in a new addition to the student section built over the summer.

Crews removed about 30 bleachers after the collapse. Work to re-attach them wasn't expected to occur until after the Sept. 11 football game.