What to Know
- The matinee performance of "Jagged Little Pill" was interrupted Saturday
- Police believe pepper spray was released around 4:15 p.m. at the Broadhurst Theatre
- Theatre-goers waited outside for at least one hour after the evacuation
The matinee performance of "Jagged Little Pill" had an unexpected intermission on Saturday.
The Broadway musical featuring Alanis Morissette songs was temporarily stopped shortly after 4 p.m. for reports of a substance sprayed in the theater's audience.
FDNY crews were dispatched to the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City's Theater District around 4:15 p.m.
Two people were aided by medical personnel but the FDNY did not transport any patients from the theatre and there were no serious injuries reported, the department said.
Law enforcement sources said the incident took place in the orchestra section of the theater. The sources believe the substance was pepper spray, but the incident is still under investigation.
Emily Hahn was in attendance for the show and captured video of theater-goers evacuating after the performance was halted.
Attendees waited outside while officials investigated the Broadhurst Theatre and cleared the scene.
By 5:30 p.m., it was announced the matinee performance would not resume and ticket holders would be refunded.