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Storm damages roof of World Cup stadium in Brazil

March 2, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Parts from the roof of a World Cup stadium in Brazil fell onto the pitch during a storm on Saturday, just hours before a regional championship.

Three pieces of metal used to collect water atop the roof became detached and fell onto the pitch near the benches, and also onto the stands at the Mineirao Stadium in the city of Belo Horizonte, which is scheduled to host a World Cup semifinal.

No one was injured.

There were holes on the roof where the metal parts were located and water fell directly into the stands.

The stadium’s drainage system also apparently did not work properly as huge puddles formed on the pitch before Cruzeiro’s 4-0 win over Minas Boca in the Minas Gerais state championship.


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