Watch: Microburst rips through gym wall as children play


(CNN) — Three North Carolina students were injured Monday as a storm tore through their school’s gym, leaving a gaping hole in the roof and wall.

Video captured the moment, showing about 20 students fleeing the rain of debris at Union Intermediate School in Clinton, 30 miles southeast of Fayetteville.

“We were playing basketball, and it just sounded like something exploded in there,” fifth-grader Chloe Brewer told CNN affiliate WRAL.

She was one of the students injured. All three were treated at a hospital and released.

“I just turned around and was looking at the stage, and it just collapsed,” she said. “And then we started running, and something hit me from behind, and I fell down. And then the glass started breaking.”

It was a microburst — a column of sinking air — that caused the damage, the National Weather Service said.

“Damage in the form of snapped and uprooted trees to the west of the school structure, along with the more significant roof uplift and partial outer wall collapse of the schools’ gymnasium, occurred in a clear fan-like fashion,” the weather service said.

The school remained closed Tuesday for students due to the damage, Sampson County Schools said in a statement. Classes may resume as early as Thursday, CNN affiliate WTVD reported.

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