More than 75 injured in partial London theater collapse

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Associated Press

Posted on December 20, 2013 at 4:03 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 20 at 4:07 AM

LONDON (AP) — Authorities in London say more than 75 people were injured when part of the ceiling of a theater collapsed Thursday night. Seven of the injuries are serious.

The collapse at London's Apollo Theatre happened during a Christmas holiday season performance with more than 700 people in the theater at the time. Police say plaster and masonry from a section of the ceiling tumbled down, bringing parts of the theater's balconies down with it onto the audience.

One person seated near the stage says she heard the main actor shout, "watch out!"

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278-v-37-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)--The ceiling of a London theater holding more than 700 people partially collapsed in the midst of a performance, injuring more than 75 - seven seriously. Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports. ((watch for dating)) (19 Dec 2013)

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279-c-21-(Kyle McKinnon, correspondent)-"an investigation continues"-Correspondent Kyle McKinnon reports on a partial ceiling collapse at a London theater that hurt more than 75 people, seven seriously. ((watch for dating)) (19 Dec 2013)

<<CUT *279 (12/19/13)££ 00:21 "an investigation continues"

266-a-18-(James Kearney, with Dee Stephenson, sat together in row E near the stage, in AP interview)-"of the play (second time)"-James Kearney and Dee Stephenson were sitting close to the stage on a special pre-Christmas evening when they suddenly heard a sharp warning from the stage. ((note cut length)) (19 Dec 2013)

<<CUT *266 (12/19/13)££ 00:18 "of the play (second time)"

267-a-08-(Dee Stephenson, sat in row E near the stage, in AP interview)-"you couldn't see"-Dee Stephenson was in row E near the stage and suddenly needed to rely on people around her to help her blindly grope her way to the exit. (19 Dec 2013)

<<CUT *267 (12/19/13)££ 00:08 "you couldn't see"

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