1978 Hartford Civic Center Roof Collapse
"I'll just be thanking the Lord that no one died,'' said former Hartford Deputy Mayor Nicholas R. Carbone, the political leader most closely identified with the Civic Center. "That day when I got to the site and I saw it, I just thanked the Lord that it didn't happen five hours earlier.''
Just 12 hours after the collapse, working off a sketch on an envelope, City Manager James B. Daken announced the coliseum would be rebuilt "bigger and better."
The building, now called the XL Center, has operated for more than 30 years since without incident. Building managers point out that the rebuilt center's roof is a railroad bridge truss construction thats much stronger than the original. During the recent run of winter storms, engineers have been engaged to check the roof periodically, and crews have cleared snow from the roof.
Hartford Civic Center Roof Collapse
A firefighter, accompanied by a lone individual, walk the barren streets outside the Hartford Civic Center after the roof collapsed on the evening of Jan. 18, 1978. The collapse, which occured hours after a UConn men's basketball game, amazingly left no injuries.