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California Party Ends In Tragedy, 6 Killed in Balcony Collapse

A 21st-birthday party thrown by a group of visiting Irish college students turned tragic early Tuesday. That's when the fifth-floor balcony they were crammed onto collapsed with a sharp crack, spilling them about 50 feet onto the pavement. Six people were killed and seven seriously injured. Police and fire and building officials were working to figure out why the small balcony broke loose from the stucco apartment house. The apartment block was a couple of blocks from the campus of the University of California, Berkeley.