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Ceiling collapse at East Rand Mall

The large part of the roof dislodged but missed shoppers earlier today.

FILE: East Rand Mall is the second shopping centre to suffer a roof collapse. On 3 June a section of the Sandton City's roof caved in, injuring one person. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A section of a ceiling at the East Rand mall in Boksburg has collapsed.

A large part, which usually sees many shoppers walking through it, dislodged but missed shoppers earlier today.

One customer says he's lucky to be alive.

"This thing [weighs] about three tons. It's made entirely of steel and it just came crashing down right next to me. We're lucky that it didn't kill anybody because if you look at the size of it… it's massive"

East rand mall management says engineers are currently on site to assess the roof.

In two separate incidents this year, a customer and two construction workers escaped a ceiling collapse at Sandton City.