Structural probe after London theater collapse

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Firemen confer at the scene following an incident at the Apollo Theatre, in London's Shaftesbury Avenue, Thursday evening, Dec. 19, 2013, during a performance at the height of the Christmas season, with police saying there were "a number" of casualties. It wasn't immediately clear if the roof, ceiling or balcony had collapsed during a performance. Police said they "are aware of a number of casualties," but had no further details. (AP Photo by Joel Ryan, Invision)

LONDON (AP) — Authorities are carrying out a structural assessment at the Apollo Theatre after the partial collapse of its ceiling injured more than 75 people in the packed auditorium.

An initial report is expected Friday after an overnight survey. The building remains cordoned off.

Eyewitnesses have described chaos and panic as large hunks of plaster and dust rained down on the audience 45 minutes into a performance of "The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time."

Playwright Simon Stephens used Twitter to thank the public for messages of support. The play was adapted from Mark Haddon's successful novel.

The Edwardian theater is more than 100 years old. Nimax Theatres, which owns the Apollo, described the incident as "shocking and upsetting."

Police say seven of the injuries are serious.