Two injured as part of arched roof collapses in Temple Bar
Two people were hospitalised after the roof of the Merchant's Arch entrance to Temple Bar partially collapsed.
A man and a woman were brought to hospital but their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
A wooden structure and some rubble fell on to the alley floor shortly before 7.40 last night.
Emergency services attended the scene and the injured pair were stretchered away as a precautionary measure, according to Dublin Fire Brigade.
One witness said that people in the area initially feared the noise and dust had been caused by an explosion.
"I heard a big crash and saw people running. They were very afraid," said Juliana Calaf (28), a waitress at the open-air Vivaldi Cafe near the arch.
"A lot of dust that looked like black smoke came out of the archway.
"Some guys thought it might be a bomb and were so scared," she said.
The scene was still sealed off last night.