Hong Kong concert accident: Mirror backup dancer in intensive care after panel fall

Five people were injured when the panel — about four square meters in size — fell onto the stage during the show at the Hong Kong Coliseum near Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong police told CNN.

None of the band’s 12 members were injured, police said. Three people were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment, including the critically injured dancer and a second performer who is said to be in a stable condition, the hospital said.

Video of the moment the screen crashed into the dancers went viral on social media and local charities have set up hotlines for each of the 10,000 people who attended the concert and were traumatized by what they saw.

The remaining eight shows in the group’s Hong Kong concert series have since been canceled and Hong Kong’s Chief Executive John Lee has called for an investigation.

“I have contacted the Secretary of Culture, Sports and Tourism and instructed the Department of Leisure and Cultural Services, along with the relevant departments, to investigate the incident extensively and review the safety requirements of similar performance activities to ensure the safety of performers workers and members of the public,” Lee said.

Hong Kong’s culture secretary, Kevin Yeung, said Friday that the panel had fallen because one of the cables holding it was loose.

“From the first observation, a wire broke and led to the fall of the screen, injuring the dancers,” Yeung told reporters on Friday. Hong Kong Labor Minister Chris Sun said on Friday he would not rule out legal action against those responsible.

In a statement on Facebook, the concert organizer, Makerville, apologized for causing “unrest to viewers or others involved” and said people who attended Thursday’s concert would be eligible for a refund.

The incident even occurred after fans warned three previous shows that the stage and set appeared unstable, triggering a petition asking concert organizers to ensure the safety of the performers.

The hugely popular band was formed in 2018 and released their latest single “We Are” a week ago.

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