Swampscott

Popular Seaside Restaurant Shut by Seawall Collapse in Swampscott

When officers on scene saw that debris was still sliding out from under Mission on the Bay, they ordered the restaurant's evacuation

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A portion of the seawall in Swampscott, Massachusetts, underneath the restaurant Mission on the Bay collapsed on Thursday, prompting its evacuation, police said.

No one was hurt, but the popular restaurant won't be able to reopen until the wall is fixed, Swampscott police said. Aerial footage showed a big gap in the cliff under one end of the restaurant.

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The incident was reported about 1:30 p.m., according to police, who said that debris from the seawall and foundation collapse ended up below on Fisherman's Beach.

When officers on scene saw that debris was still sliding out from under Mission on the Bay, they ordered the restaurant's evacuation.

Town Administrator Sean Fitzgerald says crews are spraying a concrete mixture on the area that collapsed in an effort to secure the dirt under the restaurant.

The town will evaluate the structural integrity of the seawall and has reached out to the Army Corps of Engineers, according to Fitzgerald.

There is no timeline for the restaurant's reopening.

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