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5 Hospitalized After Facade On Side Of Brooklyn Bridge Collapses

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- Five people were sent to hospitals Wednesday evening when a façade collapsed beneath the Brooklyn Bridge in downtown Brooklyn.

The decorative façade came down around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday at an underpass at Prospect and Washington streets in Brooklyn, near the exit ramp to Tillary Street and Cadman Plaza, the FDNY EMS told 1010 WINS.

The victims were treated for minor injuries at Bellevue Hospital Center, EMS said.

Most of the victims breathed in dust and debris, officials told CBS 2. The bricks did not appear to cause injuries.

The wall was not a retaining wall and the structural integrity of the bridge was not affected, officials said.

The city departments of Transportation and Buildings were at the scene late Wednesday investigating the stability of the surrounding structures.

Officials were investigating whether the collapse was related to the severe storms Wednesday night.

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