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Hong Kong officials said on Friday they would launch an investigation concert accident where a giant LED video screen fell onto the stage and injured two dancers.
Video clips from a concert by cantopop group Mirror on Thursday night show a massive LED screen suspended above the stage falling, landing directly on one dancer and then falling on another, as the audience screams in horror.
The injured artists were immediately taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“One of the victims is in intensive care in a serious condition, he underwent surgery. [Friday]. Accompanied by his family, another victim in a stable condition was discharged this afternoon,” the hospital administration said in a statement.
Local media reported that 29-year-old Chiang Ts-fung was discharged from hospitaland 27-year-old Mo Li Kai-ying remained in the hospital in serious condition.
Kai-ying dislocated the third and fourth parts of his cervical vertebrae, which made him unable to move. Doctors were able to stabilize him after an overnight procedure and surgery.
Authorities found that one of the two metal cords holding the screen broke during the concert. An investigation is currently underway as experts try to figure out what exactly caused the suspension cables to fail.
Various concert contractors, including Engineering Impact and Hip Hing Loong, will be involved in an investigation with authorities.
Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Kevin Yeung told reporters on Friday that the government was “very concerned” about the incident and that an investigation would likely take place within a few weeks.
“We will conduct a study to find out if (the broken steel cable) was an operational or material problem. This cannot be resolved at this stage at this time,” Yeng said, adding that the incident will affect “all future performances.”
Authorities will also try to determine if any security measures are needed at other venues for upcoming performances to minimize the chance of such an incident happening again, Yeng said.
Labor and Welfare Secretary Chris Sun said Labor Department officials have collected evidence from the scene and will work to determine who was responsible for the incident.
According to him, all activities under the remaining suspended screens at the site will be stopped, and the organizers will work. with government officials to determine how best to safely remove hanging screens.
Leader of Hong Kong John Lee said on Friday that authorities are “comprehensively investigating the incident” and will review safety requirements for future submissions, according to a government statement.
He also said the government would help 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 he was “deeply saddened” by the two performers’ injuries and that he would cooperate with authorities in the investigation.
“If we discover anything suspicious, or if any person or unit is involved in misconduct, we will immediately report it to the police,” the statement said.
Thursday’s concert was the fourth of 12 Mirror concerts scheduled, with tens of thousands of fans buying tickets.
The remaining eight concerts were cancelled, but the concert organizers announced that they would refund the money to the fans.
The 12-member Mirror group skyrocketed in popularity in Hong Kong and is credited with reviving Cantopop.