WASHINGTON, Nov. 28 (Xinhuanet) -- A large chunk of marble moulding fell from the facade over the entrance to the US Supreme Court in central Washington DC Monday morning, CNN reported.
The basketball-sized chunk landed on the steps near visitors waiting to enter the 70-year-old building.
No injury was reported, but a group of visitors had just entered the building underneath the frieze where the fallen marble chunk used to be.
Supreme Court staff said some of the marble pieces shattered, spraying the area with smaller chunks of stone.
Some visitors put the fragments into their pockets as souvenirs and one of them even joked about launching an auction on eBay.
The accident happened in the first day when the nine-member Supreme Court just went back to work after a two-week recess.
The 70-year-old US Supreme Court building is currently undergoing an expensive five-year renovation project which will probably cost 122 million US dollars, although there is no indication that the accident is in anyway related to the face-lifting. Enditem