‘JAGGED LITTLE PILL’ CROWD EVACUATED OVER SUBSTANCE BELIEVED TO BE PEPPER SPRAY

The New York Police Department responded to the historic Broadhurst Theatre around 4:15 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call about a suspicious substance, authorities said.

Theatregoers in New York were evacuated from a performance of the Broadway musical 'Jagged Little Pill' after someone released a substance inside the auditorium. (Bruce Glikas/WireImage/Getty Images/CNN)

Theatregoers in New York were evacuated from a performance of the Broadway musical “Jagged Little Pill” after someone released a substance — likely pepper spray, police say — inside the auditorium.

The New York Police Department responded to the historic Broadhurst Theatre around 4:15 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call about a suspicious substance, authorities said.

The play’s producers released a statement that appeared to cast the incident as an accident, saying that the show was cancelled “when an audience member’s pepper spray went off inside the theater.” Few details were provided, but attendees were given information on how to get a refund, the statement said.

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