‘Missed That by 15 Seconds’: High Winds Severely Damage Landmark Ohio Theater

A near-century-old theater in Sandusky, Ohio, partially collapsed during stormy weather on June 10, with brickwork falling onto the street below just seconds after one local man had passed by.

Douglas Flinner recorded this video of a wall of the Sandusky State Theater collapsing, just after he’d driven right by the building in his truck.

“I missed that by 15 seconds,” Flinner is heard saying, as a wall topples. His video shows the roof of the theater having collapsed into the auditorium.

Local police said the building remained unstable and warned locals to stay away.

The damaged occurred as strong winds swept parts of Ohio and Michigan, leaving tens of thousands without power.

The theater opened in 1928 and had recently undergone renovations. Writing on Facebook, the theater described what happened as tragic, but said, “we will be back.” Credit: Douglas Flinner via Storyful