• Canopy flies off Ponce City Market, hitting 2 people at MARTA stop

    By: Steve Gehlbach

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    ATLANTA - Two people were injured after a canopy flew nine stories from the roof of Ponce City Market and hit them below. 

    The strong wind brought down the canopy as a second line of storms hit midtown Atlanta just before sunset Sunday.

    Atlanta police said the large white awning with metal beams and electrical string lights, fell from the top of the shopping and dining destination.

    Two people on the ground near a MARTA bus stop were injured according to police, but their injuries aren't life-threatening.

    Wendell Higgs was in Starbucks across Ponce de Leon Avenue and heard the crash. He first thought a car had crashed.

    "The wind kicked up. Next thing you know, we heard this loud bang," Higgs said. "A couple guys went out just to make sure nobody got hurt, and that was the first thing that went through my mind, make sure nobody got hurt."


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    Part of the road and sidewalk stayed closed for hours until crews finally cleared the twisted structure and fabric just after 11 p.m.

    There's also a venue on the roof called Rooftop Terrace used for weddings and other gatherings under a large tent of the same material.

    Channel 2 Action News has reached out to Ponce City Market but we have not yet heard back.

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