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Partial collapse at London theater injures 76 people

Updated: 2013-12-20 PM 10:47:32 (KST)
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London Ambulance Service says 76 people were injured after part of a ceiling in London's Apollo Theatre collapsed during a performance on Thursday evening, local time.
That's a drop from an earlier estimate of 88.
Authorities say their initial count was off due to the confusion of the situation.
Many of the wounded were transported in three double-decker buses to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Authorities say that, while several people were very badly hurt, no one had suffered life- threatening injuries.
The collapse occurred at around 8:15 p.m., local time, when over 7-hundred people were watching a performance of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time."
Coming a week before Christmas, the Apollo Theatre, like many others in London, was packed to the brim with theater-goers.
Witnesses say they heard a strange crackling noise before the collapse, but thought it was part of the show.

"We just thought it was sound effects of the theater, and then we just looked up the whole ceiling, it was like slow motion, it kind of came down."

Shaftesbury Avenue, where the Apollo is located, remains cordoned off by the authorities.
About an hour before the ceiling collapse, London was hit by a heavy thunderstorm, but the exact cause of the incident in the 112-year-old theater is, as yet, unknown.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.

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