Grand Rapids club closes stairwell where 3 died

By: AP
By: AP

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- A Grand Rapids nightclub has closed a staircase where three fatal falls have occurred since 2009.

MLive.com reports doors to the winding stairwell were closed at the basement, main and second levels of The B.O.B. nightclub on Friday.

A sign posted to each of the doors read: "Emergency fire exit only" with security personnel standing at each of the doors not allowing anyone through.

The stepped-up security comes on the heels of nightclub patron Kevin O'Brien falling to his death on May 12.

On April 14, Zachary Bunting of Grand Ledge was trying to slide down a railing when he lost his balance and fell to his death in the stairwell. And Tyler Usher of Dorr was celebrating his birthday at the club in 2009 when he died.


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