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Thu Dec 19, 2013, 05:33 PM

Breaking-roof caves in at the Apollo Theatre in London

There are injuries and people are trapped- 20-40 people injured
There is some confusion as to whether it's the balcony or the roof.
People thought the cracking sound was part of the play. Damn!

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NYC_SKP Dec 2013 #1
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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 07:48 AM

2. Check this out

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/20/apollo-theatre-collapse-investigation-why-roof-caved-in
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Structural engineers and health and safety officers have started an investigation. Safety checks will also be made on the other historic theatres in the West End.

Councillor Nicky Atkins said the investigation would take some time. She told the BBC: "District surveyors have attended and declared that the ceiling structure is sound and only plaster fell.We will be doing checks of all historic theatres' consents and licensing today in liaison with the Society of London Theatres, because we want to reassure theatre goers that theatres are safe to attend."

Mhora Samuel, director of the Theatres Trust, the national advisory public body for theatres, said: "Thankfully occurrences of theatre ceiling and plasterwork collapse are extremely rare. The public should be reassured that theatre owners carry out regular plasterwork inspections and maintenance regimes to ensure the safety of their buildings."

The collapse came after heavy rainfall, hail and lightning strikes. Almost 15% of the average monthly rainfall for one area in December fell during a single hour, according to meteorologists.

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Response to malaise (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 08:09 AM

3. Aha! I was checking to see if it was extreme snow or some other weather thing.

 

Climate change and all.

Rain, IMO, counts as unusual weather as much as snow does.

Sad event.

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Response to NYC_SKP (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 20, 2013, 08:54 AM

4. I actually wondered if it was connected to the recent storm

but noticed that they were facing seriously bad weather again.
Very sad but we do need to check roofs and ceilings after unusual weather.

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