Theater ceiling collapse hurts 76

Packed London audience ‘thought it was part of the show’

Posted: December 20, 2013 at 5:35 a.m.

Shocked and injured theatergoers are transported to hospital in a commandeered London bus following an incident during a performance at the Apollo Theatre, in London's Shaftesbury Avenue, Thursday evening, Dec. 19, 2013. It wasn't immediately clear which part of the building had collapsed. The London Fire Brigade said the theatre was almost full, with around 700 people watching the show. A spokesman said it was thought between 20 and 40 people were injured. (AP Photo by Joel Ryan, Invision)

LONDON — Hunks of plaster and dust rained down on a packed audience when the ceiling of a London theater partially collapsed Thursday night. More than 75 people were injured — seven seriously, authorities said.

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