No Prosecutions Over Apollo Collapse

London’s Westminster Council has said no one should be prosecuted over the ceiling collapse at the Apollo Theatre at the end of 2013. 

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The Apollo Theater in central London partially collapsed Thursday night during a performance at the height of the 2013 Christmas season, with police saying there were "a number" of casualties.

At least 700 people, more than 80 injured, were evacuated from the building on Shaftesbury Avenue. Chunks of plaster and wood fell from the theater ceiling during a performance of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” on Dec. 19, 2013.

An investigation blamed deteriorating cloth and plaster ties, in place since the theater was built in 1901.

Westminster Council said the accident was a result of the building’s age and there had been no breach of the law. It recommended safety authorities to “tighten and improve the technical standards on ceiling checks in historical buildings, including theatres and cinemas.”