ONEIDA, N.Y. (NCC News) — A fallen building in Oneida, N.Y. has put a damper on the town’s holiday festivities. The collapse, at 122 Vanderbilt Ave., occurred Friday morning and prompted the city to cancel its annual Parade of Lights for later that night.
Due to the building’s poor condition, the city was forced to demolish the building on Friday, according to the Oneida City Police Department. While the demolition was underway, parts of Oneida, Main, and Broad Streets were closed.
The city will still, however, go through with its tree lighting at Higginbotham Park, which is across the street from the site of the collapse. That too was scheduled for Friday night, but it has since been postponed for a later date.
Oneida City Police Department canceled the event due to the “public safety” risks of the partially damaged building. Further updates regarding the situation will be posted City of Oneida Police’s Facebook page.