According to authorities, eight people were injured at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Friday night when a construction wall gave way.
Three of those injured were transported to area hospitals for treatment, according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. One man apparently suffered a broken arm when the wall fell around 11 p.m.
Crews had bolstered up a 12- to 15-foot high temporary wall to separate an open section of the casino area from a high-limit slot room that is currently under construction. In between was a walkway.
The wall fell down striking some people on the walkway.
A witness told authorities that the accident sounded like ice falling and that the wall crumbled a bit when it fell.
It is unclear at this time what caused the wall to come down.
The hotel and casino, located in East Tampa, is still open for business.
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