Reports: Netting falls on fans in Boston, two hospitalized
Mar 6, 2014 at 10:33p ET
Two women were injured Thursday night when netting fell on them inside Boston's TD Garden during the Bruins game against the Washington Capitals, multiple outlets are reporting.
According to WCVB in Boston, police learned of the incident just after 9:30 p.m. ET. The women were reportedly transferred to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
CBS' Boston affiliate WBZ reported that a pole which holds in place the protective netting above the glass struck the two women who are in their 20s. WBZ identified the injuries as minor, and that officials were uncertain what caused the netting to fall.
Getty Images photographer Jared Wickerham tweeted a photo of what appeared to be his camera damaged by the falling netting.
HockeyBuzz.com Bruins reporter Ty Anderson tweeted that the incident took place shortly after the game had ended.
Anderson also described the scene as it unfolded.
Netting above glass behind net at Garden just fell down from the sky. Hit a lady in the head. Uh, she needs help.— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) March 7, 2014
Like, the hard base part of that huge netting came crashing down. BOOM. Hit that lady right in the head. Good God.— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) March 7, 2014
One lady's jacket is all bloody. The other one still hasn't moved since being carried over to a seat. They've brought a stretcher down.— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) March 7, 2014
Didn't see netting come crashing down. Only heard loud boom, women stumble, and the friend not hit by base say, "Call an ambulance."— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) March 7, 2014
Really just hope that the women are OK. That was without question the scariest thing I've ever seen here. Yikes.— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) March 7, 2014
I can't speculate, honestly, but good news was that both women appeared to be moving extremities when put on stretchers.— Ty Anderson (@_TyAnderson) March 7, 2014
The NHL made the protective netting above glass surrounding each end of the ice mandatory to protect fans after a 13-year-old girl was struck by a deflected puck and killed in 2002 in a game in Columbus, Ohio.