Snow Causes Roof of the Olympic Center in Bosnia to Collapse

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The roof of a sports center used for ice skating in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina collapsed Sunday due to snow, police said.

Similar to the Minneapolis Metrodome collapse in 2010, exactly a year and two months ago, the Skenderija sports center in downtown Sarajevo caved-in due to a heavy abundance of snow just after 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon, police spokesman Irfan Nefic said in Aida Cerkez's report for the Associated Press News.

According to Tim Nelson of the Associated Press, the Skenderjia sports center was built in 1969 and used during the 1984 Olympics for figure skating and hockey. Fortunately, only the skating complex was affected by the the record snowfall.

Snow has piled up to three feet as of Sunday, and temperatures as low as negative-8 throughout the week have made it difficult to clear the snow, said Nelson.

Authorities have closed schools and universities, and traffic is possible onldy down main streets and the streets that lead to hospitals. Authorities also have urged people to shovel in front of their buildings and to try to clear their roofs, said Cerkez.

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