Hong Kong concert crash: Mirror backup dancer rushes to intensive care after panel falls

Five people were injured when a panel about four square meters fell on stage during a show at the Hong Kong Coliseum near Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong police told CNN.

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

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

The remaining eight shows in the band’s Hong Kong concert series have since been cancelled, with Hong Kong chief executive John Lee calling for an investigation.

“I contacted the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism and instructed the Department of Leisure and Cultural Services, along with relevant departments, to comprehensively investigate the incident and review the safety requirements of similar events in order to protect the safety of performers. workers and members of the public,” Li said.

Kevin Yung, Hong Kong’s minister of culture, said on Friday that the panel fell because one of the cables holding it loosened.

“From initial observation, it appeared that the wire had broken, causing the screen to fall and injury to the dancers,” Yeung told reporters on Friday. Hong Kong Labor Minister Chris Sun said on Friday that he would not rule out prosecution of those responsible.

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

The incident came even after fans at the previous three shows had warned that the stage and set seemed unstable, creating a petition asking the concert organizers to ensure the safety of the performers.

The extremely popular group formed in 2018 and released their latest single “We Are” a week ago.

Lauren Lau of CNN contributed to the story.