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Met Opera Evacuated After Man Throws Powder Into Orchestra Pit

NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — Saturday's performance “Guillaume Tell” by the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center in New York was evacuated after a man threw an unknown white powder into the orchestra pit.

According to the Wall Street Journal, police are investigating the incident in which a man was seen tossing small amounts of a powdery substance into the orchestra pit and then fleeing the scene.

NYPD Sgt. Lee Jones told the Journal that custodial crew members removed the substance, which is now being tested. The incident happened during the show’s second intermission, and no musicians were in the pit at the time, police said.

Witnesses at the scene who spoke to the man reported that he said the powder was the ashes of his mentor who wanted them to spread in the pit. Police are still seeking to interview the individual, the WSJ said.

The Met canceled the remainder of the show, citing a "technical issue." While the Met did not provide an exact count of the audience, they told the WSJ that the 4,000-capacity room was 'Well sold.' – Staff Writers