20+ kids hurt after stairwell collapses at California paint ball facility

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- Dozens of children were injured Saturday when a platform collapsed at an indoor entertainment complex in California.

The collapse happened just after 8 p.m. PT at Vault PK when a large group of kids climbed up on a platform and the whole structure collapsed, injuring those on the platform and underneath it, according to San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV.

Twenty-one children and two adults were hospitalized. One child may have suffered a moderate spinal cord injury because of the way he fell and another child may have a moderate head injury, according to San Diego Fire Department officials.

Parents rushed to the area to find their children.

Firefighters are now working to investigate how the platform collapsed, and whether it was built to sustain such a weight of people.

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One parent who did not provide his name said the stairwell collapsed while many children were running up and down from a loft to get pizza. Many parents were probably using a Groupon that had been offered for the event.

A stairwell collapsed at an indoor gym in Barrio Logan, San Diego. The facility also includes trampolines and bouncy houses.

Vault PK specializes in parkour, a sport that requires athletes to complete obstacle courses often by launching themselves from structure to structure.

Zacharty Smith, who went to the parkour centre with his son, described the scene to the LA TImes as a "freak accident". I am just as devastated for all the children affected as any other parent.

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