Three Hurt After Ceiling Collapse at Theory of a Deadman Concert in Minneapolis
A scary incident happened last night (Aug. 12) during Theory of a Deadman's show at the club First Avenue in Minneapolis. A large portion of the venue's ceiling came crashing to the floor, injuring three people.
According to ABC affiliate KSTP in Minneapolis, the fire department reported that a 30 foot by 30 foot section of the ceiling came crashing down over the balcony and sound booth around 10PM as Theory of a Deadman were performing. The band itself fled the stage and the 750 concertgoers were evacuated. Two of the three injured were taken to a local hospital, but none of the injuries are said to be life-threatening.
The collapse is said to be caused by a leaky pipe and perhaps accelerated by the vibrations coming from the band's instruments. Water apparently pooled above the ceiling causing it to crumble under the added weight.
Local band 3 Pill Morning, who were on hand as fans to catch Theory of a Deadman, caught a major portion of the collapse as it happened on video. You can hear TOAD playing their hit "B-tch Came Back" in the background. See their Instagram post below, as well as a news report from KSTP above.
Update: Theory of a Deadman have issued the following statement regarding last night's incident:
As some of you may be aware or may have witnessed, there was a partial ceiling collapse during our show last night at the First Avenue music venue in Minneapolis. At this time, we have been provided no details as to the cause of the collapse. As with all of our shows, our primary concern is for the safety of all involved; our fans, our crew, the venue staff and anyone and everyone else who may be in attendance. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who may have been injured or otherwise adversely affected by this unfortunate incident. Our sincerest thanks go out to the First Avenue staff, the Minneapolis Fire Department, the paramedics and all the other wonderful people who lent their swift assistance in helping others during the aftermath. We wish the injured a full and speedy recovery. We wish First Avenue a quick turnaround in re-opening the doors of their legendary venue. We look to returning to Minneapolis as soon as possible to play for our amazing friends and fans.
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