35 Years Ago At Hartford Civic Center

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Hartford police officers arriving at the scene of the Hartford Civic Center Coliseum roof collapse block traffic at the intersection of Ann and Church streets in the pre-dawn darkness on January 18, 1978. Photo by TONY BACEWICZ.

Hartford police officers arriving at the scene of the Hartford Civic Center roof collapse block traffic at Ann and Church streets in the pre-dawn darkness on Jan. 18, 1978. Photo by TONY BACEWICZ.

The Hartford Miracle? On January 18, 1978, the roof of the Civic Center collapsed only six hours after a UConn basketball game. The snow and ice from a 10-day storm was too heavy to support. But no one was injured.

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3 thoughts on “35 Years Ago At Hartford Civic Center

  1. Anthony Wall

    My father had been a labor leader on the construction of this job. He’d been warned by an international developer, an expert, that the building was unsafe. At one point in their labor/union/street struggles related to the jobsite corruption related to what we refer to as the politics that went into going ahead with it as was; he’d just been communicating with the crew through the walkie talkies, warning them about it. This may have been one of the things that had been connected to street crime and to manipulated investigations. But the issues related on the court side are stretched through adminstrations and too much. That’s why we must all follow the rules, and common sense. And we must never take the word of expert opinion that can’t justify itself in the deatails and accepts the illusion of politics as a chalkboard, and rather than the organized obsticles that they are, and that they’ve been.

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