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CRACK TEST DUMMIES: L.A. COLISEUM PRESS BOX GETS TESTED
Published May 8, 1996
Before an exhibition soccer game is to be played in the L.A. Coliseum, testing began Tuesday on the stadium's press box after flaws in welds were discovered during inspection at a steel plant. David Willman of the L.A. TIMES writes that "delayed cracking," which makes the welds susceptible to earthquakes, was observed by inspectors from Smith-Emery Co. in welds later used in the construction of the press box. Assured that the welds had been repaired, Coliseum Commissioner GM Patrick Lynch said, "We believe we have acted prudently throughout this matter, but as there is doubtless public perception that an unsafe condition may exist." Smith-Emery inspectors will "revisit" what occurred during construction (L.A. TIMES, 5/7). An L.A. TIMES editorial claims Smith-Emery's re-inspection "does not provide adequate reassurance" considering "the firm has yet to certify that the steel work was properly done" in the first place and calls the "gall" of the Coliseum renovation team "frightening" (L.A. TIMES, 5/8).