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Because no one was injured, officials won’t investigate the cause of concert’s disco ball drop

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    JEFF WILLHELM - jwillhelm@charlotteobserver.com
    Stage hands work on a mirror ball that fell on the stage prior to the Avett Brothers concert at Time Warner Cable Arena. The incident temporarily stopped the show, but no one was injured and the performance resumed just after 10 p.m.
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    Stage hands work on a mirror ball that fell on the stage prior to the Avett Brothers concert at Time Warner Cable Arena. The incident temporarily stopped the show, but no one was injured and the performance resumed just after 10 p.m.

Because no injuries occurred when a large disco ball fell onto a New Year’s Eve concert stage at Time Warner Cable Arena, local and state investigators will not look into the cause of the accident, officials said.

“I hate to make the parallel, but it’s no different from a picture falling off the wall of your house,” said Jonathan Leonard, Charlotte deputy fire marshal, who characterized the accident as a mechanical failure.

The ball, one of dozens hanging over the concert Tuesday night, crashed into the stage during a changeover in acts.

Leonard said firefighters inspect the arena before every event. But their inspection does not include climbing scaffolding over a concert stage.

“There’s no code that we could enforce by climbing up and looking at it,” he said.

Leonard said no special permits are needed to construct a stage.

A spokesman for the N.C. Department of Labor said the state’s Occupational Safety and Health Division would have investigated had employees been injured.

Despite the ball falling, Tuesday night’s concert went on as planned, with the Avett Brothers taking the stage on time.

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