Birmingham theatre evacuated during show after explosion

Birmingham theatre evacuated during show after explosion
Birmingham theatre evacuated following explosion caused by ‘technical fault’
nA theatre in the centre of Birmingham was evacuated following reports of an explosion.

People were led away from the Rep theatre and from outside Symphony Hall on Broad Street after a loud bang was heard at about 20:00 GMT.

West Midlands Police said there had been a “technical fault” in the theatre’s basement.

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Birmingham Repertory Theatre evacuated following explosion in basement

There were no reports of any injuries and road closures were later lifted.

Shortly before 9pm this evening, the theatre issued a statement on Twitter: “We can confirm there was a technical fault this evening and the theatre was evacuated as a precautionary measure. We’re pleased to report there were no injuries. Many thanks to the emergency services for their help.”

The theatre confirmed the “technical fault” on Twitter and said the evacuation was “a precautionary measure”.

It added: “We’re pleased to report there were no injuries. Many thanks to the emergency services for their help.”

Ch Supt Danny Long, from West Midlands Police, said it was “initially unclear” what had caused the explosion at the theatre in Centenary Square, off Broad Street.

In a tweet, West Midlands Police said: “This will have been a very frightening experience for everyone.”

Earlier reports the city’s Symphony Hall was also evacuated were incorrect and the performance from singer-songwriter Sam Beam went ahead as scheduled.
Birmingham theatre evacuated following explosion caused by 'technical fault'
Birmingham theatre evacuated following explosion caused by ‘technical fault’

A woman who was in Broad Street told the BBC she had been going for a drink before the show at Symphony Hall when she heard “a loud bang”.

Actors finished their scene in a performance at the Birmingham Rep despite hearing what sounded like an “explosion”, a theatre-goer said.

“The whole bar turned around, it wasn’t like a car hitting another car, it was more like an explosion kind of sound.”

Thomas Lancaster, who was watching Brief Encounter, said: “The actors just continued, finished off their scene, the curtains came down.”

Richard Jones said he had heard the bang from “half-a-mile away” and described the immediate aftermath as “very, very scary”.

A production of Brief Encounter was scheduled to be performed at the 1,014-capacity theatre.

Broad Street is at the heart of the city centre’s leisure scene and is renowned for its numerous night-time venues.

Update 14/2/18: An earlier report that Symphony Hall was also evacuated proved to be incorrect.

“All of the emergency services have well-rehearsed plans in place to deal with major incidents like this. Together we work around the clock to keep the people of this brilliant city safe.”

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A theatre in Birmingham, England was evacuated on Tuesday night following an explosion.

West Midlands Police said that the incident, at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre (also known as the Birmingham Rep) venue, was believed to have been caused by a “technical fault.”

Roads have been closed around the building, and photos posted to social media show police cordons in place. No casualties have been reported. The West Midlands Fire service are also on the scene.

“All emergency services are currently at Birmingham’s Repertory Theatre, Broad St following reports of an explosion. Initial indications are that this was a technical fault in a staff only area. No casualties are reported. Everyone has been evacuated are are being kept safe,” the West Midlands Police tweeted.

“All businesses on Birmingham’s Broad Street are open as usual following an explosion in the basement of [Birmingham Rep]. Looks as though this was a technical fault. No reports of casualties. All theatre goers are being looked after at another venue. Diversions in place.”

It added: “Lots of shocked and scared people but things could’ve been worse. A brilliant response from our extraordinarily brave officers, firefighters from [West Midlands Fire service] and medics from [Westmidlands Ambulance Service] who ran towards the site to help not knowing this was just a fault.”

Images from Warden Andy showing the Police cordon following the incident at Birmingham Rep. @BirminghamRep @WestsideWardens pic.twitter.com/MJle4VGAGf

Evacuated from @BirminghamRep after a loud bang was heard – hopefully nothing serious (and during an excellent production of Brief Encounter as well)

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