So scary! The roof or ceiling of a London theater collapsed during a packed performance on Dec. 19, leaving more than 80 people injured, including at least seven seriously.
About 700 people were in the historic Apollo Theatre for a performance of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime when the roof or ceiling collapsed around 8:15 p.m. and covered the unsuspecting audience in plaster, wood and dust.
London Theater Collapse — Over 80 People Injured At Apollo Theatre Performance
Several audience members who became trapped in the rubble had to be rescued after “complete chaos” erupted in the theater, People reports.
“At first we thought it was part of the show,” Martin Bostock, who attended the show with his family, tells SkyNews. “Then I got hit on the head.”
Terrified audience members were screaming “Get out! Get Out!” and shaking with fear as they emerged from the theater, witnesses say.
“Within an instant, the entire roof caved in, and you couldn’t see the sky but at least the first layer of the roof was entirely gone and then dust filled the entire theater,” another man told The Telegraph.
“We just saw things falling in front of us, big things, falling,” Alexey Moskvin told ABC News. “People were screaming. I’m pretty shaken.”
Apollo Theatre Collapse: 7 Seriously Injured; No Fatalities Reported Yet
The police and fire department rushed to the scene, and dozens of “walking wounded” people were treated at a neighboring theater. At least seven people who were seriously injured were brought to the hospital, and authorities say they don’t know of any casualties “at this early stage.”
A freak thunderstorm hit London about an hour before the performance began, according to the Associated Press, but it’s unclear at this time if that caused the collapse.
— Tierney McAfee