Smoke billows from a section of an overpass that collapsed from a large fire on Interstate 85 in Atlanta, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Witnesses say troopers were telling cars to turn around on the bridge because they were concerned about its integrity. Minutes later, the bridge collapsed. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
The City of Atlanta government offices and the Municipal Court of Atlanta will start later than usual at 10 a.m. Friday.
Emory, Georgia Tech and Georgia State universities also posted alerts on their websites late Thursday encouraging students and faculty to consider alternate arrangements with their supervisors, instructors and fellow students.
How are people reacting?
People are taking to social media to share their thoughts, many messages mixed with both shock and worry.
Hoping everyone is ok in Atlanta, that bridge collapse and fire is insane.
“It’s going to take some time to get it repaired and back to service,” Gov. Nathan Deal said.
Georgia Department of Transportation inspectors were on the scene, and the construction crew that built the bridge has been contacted to look at the schematics and determine how long it will take to repair it, according to Deal.
As of 10:25 p.m. Thursday, Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford said inspectors still can't get under the bridge due to structural concerns.
"The entire bridge is compromised," Stafford said. "Right now, it's still dangerous to go under there."