Piece of the facade falls off the New York State Museum
Pete DeMola is reporting for the Daily Freeman the sidewalk outside of the New York State Museum in Albany, was barricaded and closed to the public on Sun., Oct. 17, after a panel from the museum's roof fell off and hit the building's terrace level. Albany Fire Batallion Chief Greg Sokaris said that an exterior panel came loose and hit one of the large walkout terraces of the building, at around 11:30 a.m. No injuries were reported and no vehicles were damaged, the chief said. Sokaris said the incident has been turned over to State Police and the state Office of General Services. He describe the panel's failure as isolated. "I think a lot of the debris got caught in the top level," Sokaris said. Someone initially posted in a tweet that they saw "chunks" of the building fall. Then Albany Common Council member Richard Conti said in a tweet that he "was walking on the terrace level as they were barricading the lower stairway, got out in time. Saw fallen chunks on northeast terrace corner." The state Office of General Services did not immediately respond to questions about what happened. Read the full story in the Times Union.