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Ultra Music Festival Given the OK to Start After Stage Collapse

Last night, our sister paper Miami New Times reported about a stage collapsing during sound check for Ultra Music Festival at Bayfront Park.

Three men were reportedly injured and rushed to the hospital in critical condition after an LED screen fell on them, causing the stage collapse. One of the men remains hospitalized.

Since then, all six Ultra stages have been inspected for structural stability by engineers, Occupational Safety and Health Administration reps, and the fire marshal as hordes of fans and festivalgoers crowded outside the park, waiting to be let in.

And, according to the experts, all six stages have been given the green light to start the insanity.

"They know that its not about 'the show must go on' but it's about making sure they don't have anybody else getting hurt," said Miami Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Ignatius Carroll Jr.

On Thursday night, the workers were hit by a section of the LED screen that was about 7 feet in height, and took up almost half the stage. 

Two of the men were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center in serious condition, and another was taken in stable condition.

Fire Rescue and event organizers are still investigating the cause of the collapse. But, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reps and fire marshal have said: the all-clear has been given for folks to hit up Ultra, take in the music, and trip balls so they can become part of a viral video when they dry-hump a tree.

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