Theater Collapse In London

A packed holiday audience was attending a play when suddenly the ceiling started to collapse.
3:00 | 12/19/13

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We want to take you straight overseas to london because of a developing story there. A holiday audience attending an evening at a large theatre, suddenly a terrifying turn, a ceiling collapses, people in a panic. Details are still pouring in and we have the latest from abc's chief foreign correspondent terry moran on the scene. Reporter: The panic here began at 8:15 p.M. During a packed performance of the play, the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime. The audience heard a strange sound. It was one of those surreal moments and you think it's part of the show and people start clamoring over you. Reporter: It was the ceiling of the theatre collapses. We had a freak and then the ceiling just -- the whole thing collapsed suddenly like that. Suddenly there was a massive crash and a massive section came down filled with dust straightaway. We felt debris falling on us, a loud bang and all of a sudden there was a coat of dust that came on us. Reporter: More than 700 audience members suddenly rushing to escape the falling ceiling of this famed theatre more than 100 years old and located in the heart of london's theatre district. Stretchers rolling the injured out, others walking with bandaged heads, 81 reportedly injured, 7 seriously, hit by degree from a ceiling as high as a five story building. London fire officials are telling us almost 900 square feet of that plaster ceiling came down on the audience tonight. These old theaters part of the charm of this city's theatre district. Tonight that charm turned dangerous.

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