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Prom Pier Collapse: Wisconsin Dock Collapses During Pre-Prom Photo Shoot

Posted: 05/09/2012 5:50 pm Updated: 05/10/2012 10:14 pm

Prom Pier Collapse

A group of high school students in Wisconsin had a memorable start to their prom night when the pier they had gathered on for their pre-prom photo shoot collapsed, sending some of them plunging into Lac La Belle, a 1,154 acre lake in Waukesha County, WISN-TV reports.

"I heard like, one crack, and then the whole thing collapsed from under us," Matt Timm told WISN-TV.

“It was akin to [watching] a car accident,” Kathy McCormack, a mother who was there photographing her daughter, told ABC News. "You heard the screams coming off the dock and it was like they were falling one after the other in slow motion into the lake.”

ABC News reports that, fortunately, none of the prom-goers suffered serious injuries.

And in the end, not all was lost. According to the above video, the parents and students were able to salvage the night with a little help from fans and blowdryers.

Click over to WISN to see interviews with some of the students, and click over to ABC for more photos of the mishap.

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  • XBox Prom

    No date, no problem (Via <a href="http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/sm8vv/my_friend_didnt_have_a_date_to_senior_prom/" target="_hplink">Reddit</a>)

  • Winnie The Pooh

    A prom night homage to that lovable bear. (Via <a href="http://thechive.com/2009/04/21/worst-prom-photos-ever-18-photos/" target="_hplink">The Chive</a>)

  • That Hair

    Best prom hairdo we've ever seen. (Via <a href="http://bizarremap.blogspot.com/" target="_hplink">Bizarre Map</a>)

  • En Garde

    Have to make sure to put the sword in a safe place before hitting the dance floor. (Via <a href="http://www.curiousread.com/2010/09/24-funniest-prom-photos-ive-ever-seen.html" target="_hplink">Curious Read</a>)

  • Heart Fluttering

    Sorry, this is just adorable. (Via <a href="http://www.curiousread.com/2010/09/24-funniest-prom-photos-ive-ever-seen.html" target="_hplink">Curious Read</a>)

  • Getting Medieval

    Nothing like a fun night of dancing after a grueling joust. (Via <a href="http://www.awkwardpromnight.com/awkwardpromnight/WebPages/Details.aspx?videoid=6a7c6338-2bb4-43a0-97a3-2888c5df6b4f&title=Prom Goes Homemade Medieval" target="_hplink">Awkward Prom Night</a>)

  • Above And Beyond

    A matching purse AND umbrella? 10/10. (Via <a href="http://www.curiousread.com/2010/09/24-funniest-prom-photos-ive-ever-seen.html" target="_hplink">Curious Read</a>)

  • Black And White

    Our favorite part of this is the matching arm-bands and necklace. (Via <a href="http://www.awkwardpromnight.com/awkwardpromnight/WebPages/Details.aspx?videoid=57cd51e7-12b9-487d-ac97-8e621bf52cfc&title=How To Pick a Date For the Prom Photo" target="_hplink">Awkward Prom Night</a>)

  • Camouflage

    Undetectable amongst the wooded dance floor. (Via <a href="http://thechive.com/2009/04/21/worst-prom-photos-ever-18-photos/" target="_hplink">The Chive</a>)

  • Patriots

    Show pride in this great nation. (Via <a href="http://www.awkwardpromnight.com/awkwardpromnight/WebPages/Details.aspx?videoid=e4592148-2df7-4527-84e9-cbc67e504996&title=Go Canada! Sorry, got you mixed up with someone else." target="_hplink">Awkward Prom Night</a>)

  • Make Room On The Dance Floor

    The slow dance part of the night is definitely trickier in that dress. (Via <a href="http://thechive.com/2009/04/21/worst-prom-photos-ever-18-photos/" target="_hplink">The Chive</a>)

  • Pre-Nyan Cat

    That flying rainbow pop-tart kitty has nothing on this couple. (Via <a href="http://www.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/view/554126/" target="_hplink">eBaum's World</a>)

  • Peace

    The fact that they got the peace sign to overlap so perfectly is amazing. (Via <a href="http://www.curiousread.com/2010/09/24-funniest-prom-photos-ive-ever-seen.html" target="_hplink">Curious Read</a>)

  • Star Wars Prom

    We're kind of upset that we didn't think of this. (Via <a href="http://thechive.com/2009/04/21/worst-prom-photos-ever-18-photos/" target="_hplink">The Chive</a>)

  • Fuzzy

    Looks a little uncomfortable to dance in though. (Via <a href="http://www.awkwardpromnight.com/awkwardpromnight/WebPages/Details.aspx?videoid=71a98e8c-e73c-4bb5-a065-5997eb9a4f03&title=She looks normal. He looks fury." target="_hplink">Awkward Prom Night</a>)

  • Queen Of Hearts

    We have a feeling that teapot is spiked. (Via <a href="http://www.curiousread.com/2010/09/24-funniest-prom-photos-ive-ever-seen.html" target="_hplink">Curious Read</a>)

  • Rainbows And Lightning Bolts

    Colorful outfit choices. (Via <a href="http://www.awkwardpromnight.com/awkwardpromnight/WebPages/Details.aspx?videoid=0a8539c8-9e25-4c98-b5e3-c5f8791463ca&title=Hilarious High School Prom Dresses - Rainbow Style" target="_hplink">Awkward Prom Night</a>)

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