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PRELIMINARY INSPECTION YIELDS NO COLISEUM CRACKS
Published May 10, 1996
The engineer and inspection firm who oversaw the original construction of the L.A. Coliseum announced that spectators should have no concerns about sitting beneath the press box built last year, according to David William of the L.A. TIMES. Smith Emery Co. President James Partridge said although no visible cracks were detected, the results of ultrasound tests are not yet available and more tests will be conducted this week. The press box's welds have been scrutinized in response to a TIMES' article that reported on weaknesses in the welds discovered during construction. But the re-inspection of the press box has not satisfied everyone. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky: "They all have a stake in this, both professionally and public safety- wise" Don Webb, the architect who oversaw construction, criticized the TIMES' article for spreading unnecessary alarm: "We are faced with the task of disproving there is a fire in the theater (L.A. TIMES, 5/10).