Hong Kong authorities said on Friday they would launch an investigation into a concert accident in which a giant video screen fell on stage and injured two dancers. Video clips from the Cantopop group Mirror concert on Thursday night (July 28) show a giant LED screen suspended above the stage crashing, audience members screaming in horror before landing directly on one dancer and falling onto the other.
The injured performers were sent to hospital, with one of the dancers reported to be in “serious condition”. According to a government statement, Hong Kong’s leader John Lee said on Friday that officials will conduct a “comprehensive investigation into the incident” and review security requirements for future demonstrations.
He also said that the government would help the family members of one of the injured dancers travel from Canada to Hong Kong to see him. Concert organizer Makerville said in a statement that it was “deeply saddened” by the injuries to the two performers and would work with authorities on the investigation.
“If we find anything suspicious, or if any person or entity is involved in misconduct, we will immediately report it to the police,” the statement said. Officials revealed their initial findings after inspecting the show venue – the Hong Kong Coliseum – on Friday (July 29). Thursday’s concert was the fourth of 12 concerts scheduled by Mirror, with thousands of fans buying tickets.
Culture, Sports and Tourism Secretary Kevin Yung told reporters on Friday that the government was “very concerned” about the incident and the investigation was likely to last several weeks. “We will conduct research to find out whether (the steel cable broke) is due to an operational or physical problem. It cannot currently be concluded at this stage,” Yeung said, adding that the event “will affect all future performances.”
Yeung said officials would also try to determine whether any security improvements are needed at other locations for upcoming demonstrations to reduce the likelihood of such an incident. Labor Department officials have collected evidence from the site and will work to determine who is responsible for the incident, Labor and Welfare Secretary Chris Sun said.
He said all activities under suspended screens remaining at the venue would be halted, and organizers would work with government officials to determine how to safely remove suspended screens. Mirror, a 12-member band, skyrocketed in popularity in Hong Kong and has been credited with the revival of cantopop.
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