SANDUSKY, Ohio — A portion of the State Theater in Sandusky has collapsed from apparent storm damage during strong storms across Northeast Ohio Wednesday evening.
This is inside the @SanduskyState Theater where the roof crashed into the auditorium last night after high winds whipped through the area. Such sad photos to look at. Just 3 years ago they did major renovations here. Those updates are ruined. pic.twitter.com/FcWGbpyI6z— Meg Shaw (@MegDShaw) June 11, 2020
Sandusky police said downtown is closed to residents right now while they try to secure the area.
Chris Parthemore, executive director of the State Theatre, said the roof that crashed into the auditorium is basically gone and significant damage has been caused to the auditorium.
A water main broke when it came crashing down, down pouring tons of water into the basement. Crews have been pumping out water for several hours Thursday morning.
Police said they suspect straight-line wind caused the damage.
The building is unstable and bystanders are hindering police and fire personnel, police said.
Most of the renovations done in 2017 to the theater are ruined, according to Parthemore.
No injuries have been reported.
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is available.