© 2023 Peoria Public Radio
A joint service of Bradley University and Illinois State University
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Piece of Ceiling Falls at Illinois State Fairgrounds

State officials say a section of ceiling has fallen in the Illinois State Fairgrounds' Livestock Center as the building hosts the Illinois Beef Expo.

The Illinois Department of Agriculture says it was notified Thursday afternoon that a section of drywall ceiling had fallen. There were no injuries. The roof fell after the end of a livestock sale that had people packed in the stands.

The agency blamed damaged roof drains, recent heavy rains and freezing weather. State officials say they've inspected the roof, repaired it and don't expect further issues.

Illinois Beef Expo officials say their events will continue at the facility this weekend.

Other buildings at the fairgrounds have had troubles recently. The Coliseum has been deemed unsafe for occupancy and Barn 13 had repairs to keep its roof from collapsing.

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.