WATCH: Video shows roof collapse in school gymnasium

Published: Jan. 13, 2020 at 4:03 PM EST
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Dramatic video was released Tuesday showing students inside an Eastern Carolina gymnasium moments before the roof collapsed.

It happened Monday around 2:00 p.m. at Union Intermediate School, south of Clinton.

Sampson County Schools released the surveillance camera video which shows some students sitting on the floor of the gym, while others played nearby.

The students then suddenly start running as the roof and wall collapse.

Three of those students went to the hospital for minor injuries.

The National Weather Service says a water-loaded microburst

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Three students were injured when the roof of their school's gymnasium collapsed this afternoon.

Sampson County emergency officials say it happened around 2:00 p.m. at Union Intermediate School on Edmond Matthis Road, south of Clinton.

The partial collapse happened over the stage area of the gym and three students were taken to Sampson Regional Medical Center with reported minor injuries.

The National Weather Service says it was a water loaded microburst that caused the damage. The area was under a severe thunderstorm warning at the time.

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