In a scary scene that fortunately led to no deaths or injuries, a major Atlanta interstate was engulfed in flames on Thursday night, causing a highway bridge to collapse. Video of the entire scene is gnarly.
JUST IN: Incredible video from NewChopper 2 of the moment the I-85 bridge collapsed. http://2wsb.tv/InterstateCollapse
Posted by WSB-TV on Thursday, March 30, 2017
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the bridge on Interstate 85, near Georgia 400 in midtown Atlanta, collapsed about 7pm ET on Thursday, and considering I-85 is a major artery, the terrible Atlanta traffic is about to get even worse for the foreseeable future.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Thursday night that there was no evidence of terrorism, but Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford said it was unclear what had started the fire because it was too unsafe for inspectors to investigate.
“The entire bridge is compromised,” Stafford said. “Right now, it’s still dangerous to go under there.”
Here’s more footage of the fiery scene.
*Emergency* Interstate 85 in Atlanta GA has just collapsed due to fire under bridge. All lanes blocked. Avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/5Pa5yJN9YI
— Atlanta Fire Rescue (@ATLFireRescue) March 30, 2017
— NBC Bay Area (@nbcbayarea) March 31, 2017
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) March 30, 2017
— AJC (@ajc) March 30, 2017
— CBS46 (@cbs46) March 31, 2017
— Aaron Ellis (@aaronellis01) March 31, 2017
Here’s what the blaze looked like from drivers’ point of view.
A portion of I-85 in Atlanta just collapsed — video shows the scene up close, drivers shouting from the heat. pic.twitter.com/I8tRpuTb9V
— Jack Smith IV (@JackSmithIV) March 30, 2017
I-85 Bridge Collapse Atlanta pic.twitter.com/6BtFhWtPqq
— Brent Fidler (@brentfidler) March 30, 2017
And then of course, there were the Gen. William Sherman jokes that inevitably popped up on Twitter.
— ThatEricGuy (@soubuckeye) March 31, 2017
Law enforcement releases picture of possible "person of interest" in the Atlanta fire. pic.twitter.com/83ZY7zhrnt
— Sean Sullivan (@fmtalk1065) March 31, 2017
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said PVC plastic materials underneath the bridge might have started the blaze, and on Friday, it was announced that both sides of the interstate for a total of 10 lanes are now close. It’ll lead to even more traffic headaches and heartbreaks for Atlanta and throughout the southeast U.S. where an estimated 250,000 drivers use that stretch of highway every day.