1 dead, three missing after Hard Rock Hotel construction site collapses

Injuries were reported after the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino under construction in New Orleans partially collapses

A partial collapse of the under-construction Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans, USA has killed one person. An unsupported crane listed away from the building site.

The building is a Hard Rock Hotel construction site, according to CNN affiliate WDSU.

Authorities said there were no reports of people injured on the ground.

The New Orleans Fire Department and the police are on scene. Fire officials say it's possible the rest of the building can collapse and it remains unstable.

According to New Orleans Fire Department Superintendent Tim McConnell, it was the upper six to eight floors of the building that collapsed.

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One witness who saw the collapse took place told Nola.com that what first caught their attention was a "deep, rumbling sound", adding that it sounded "like an airplane".

Surrounding buildings, including condominiums, were being evacuated.

The new hotel is located on Canal Street, a major route through the centre of the city, and also a popular tourist destination. Officials believe one of the missing people is alive in that area, he said, while the other is thought to be alive in a location not yet deemed stable, he said.

A video from a auto, which stopped on a crossing nearby, caught the building falling apart, with the debris raising clouds of dust after hitting the pavement and people running for their lives. "The concrete just started to slide down the side".

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