IPSWICH, Mass. (WHDH) — The entire ceiling of a church in Ipswich came crashing down Friday afternoon, littering the pews with thousands of pounds of broken wood and other debris.

The incident happened at around 3 p.m. at the Living Faith United Methodist Church on North Main Street.

“Put my groceries away and I heard a big smash, it was almost like an earthquake,” said Frederick Seaman, who lives next door.

The pastor of the church said no one was inside at the time, calling it a “sign from god” that no one was injured.

The church was built in 1859. The town’s building inspector said the age of the building is likely what caused the collapse.

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