Teen Crashes Through Nightclub Ceiling

Police said Justin Ponce got in through a balcony and crawled through an attic space before falling through the ceiling.

Saturday, Apr 5, 2014  |  Updated 1:20 PM EDT
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Authorities say about 800 patrons were cleared from an Orlando, Fla., nightclub after a teen crawling on a drop ceiling fell through the tiles.

Orlando police say 19-year-old Justin Ponce was found on a set of stairs at the Roxy nightclub early Friday morning, bleeding from his head with what appeared to be a broken leg.

The club was cleared before firefighters could determine the damage was only to the drop ceiling. Metal pieces that held the tiles had been pulled down from the wall near the bar. The damage was estimated to be between $4,000 and $5,000.

Ponce was taken to a nearby hospital, where his condition was unknown.

Authorities said he got into the attic space above a dropped ceiling in the club by getting onto the balcony, according to NBC affiliate WESH.  Ponce was able to get from one end of the building to the other, but when he got to the other side, he lost his balance and fell.

The manager of the club plans to press charges, WESH reported.

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