A 500-ton crane collapsed outside the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Wednesday shortly after 11:00 a.m., damaging two buildings adjacent to the church, the Washington Post reported. Nobody was injured, according to firefighters on the scene. The Post also cited unverified reports that three to five cars were also crushed by the fallen machinery.


The crane was on site to repair the damage from the August 23 earthquake. The cathedral's spires were damaged after the quake and several stones slid off the roof.

The crane was on the south side of the cathedral and damaged Herb Cottage and the church house — the headquarters of the diocese — when it fell.

See a larger image of the fallen crane, via Twitter user @wusa9.