Until a full investigation takes place we will not know why the ceiling came down at the Apollo theatre in London’s West End, but the incident does provide us with a salutary warning regarding the safety of buildings that might contain asbestos. I must make it clear immediately that I am not suggesting there is any asbestos present in the Apollo theatre. But in a situation such as this in a building where asbestos is actually present, assurances that asbestos in the building is safely sealed would prove pretty hollow, when subsequently large numbers of people inhale copious amounts of dust.
Fortunately no one was killed last night, and I wish all those injured a full and speedy recovery. If the building had contained asbestos then those present would now have the legacy of asbestos fibres that they inhaled to live with for the rest of their lives.
No building is safe that contains asbestos, however supposedly well sealed.