Fire Department responds to GWCC after reports of debris falling

Several people were checked out from minor injuries.

ATLANTA -- Fire crews responded to the Georgia World Congress Center Wednesday night after getting word that a light fixture possibly fell from the ceiling.

There are conflicting reports from the Atlanta Fire Department and the Georgia World Congress Center, but what we do know is that authorities responded to Building A of the GWCC buildings in Downtown around 8 p.m.

Initially, the Atlanta Fire Department thought that the roof may have collapsed. That turned out to not be the case.

It was then thought that a light fixture fell, pulling insulation down with it. The Atlanta Fire Department tweeted the information shortly after 8 p.m.



Later, Chief Administrative Officer for the Georgia World Congress Center Jennifer LeMaster told 11Alive that there was some sort of noise that caused people to panic and leave in a hurry. 

LeMaster said the Georgia World Congress Center's police department was investigating the source of the noise, which she said they believed to be a light bulb that possibly popped. According to LeMaster, "nothing fell" except for dust and some debris.

As for whether anyone was injured in the incident, a supervisor from Grady Hospital told 11Alive's crews at the scene that six people were transported for treatment of minor injuries. However, LeMaster disputed that, saying that only one person was transported for a seizure.

Ty Cox, the head coach for the Carolina All-Stars, was in the gym at the GWCC for an event and told 11Alive he heard a loud noise before seeing people run.

"To me, it felt like something fell, like something hit," he said. "I thought that some equipment was going wrong or something like that...but then I saw all this running and people trying to get out." 

Cox said he wasn't ever really concerned.

PHOTOS | From the scene

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