Hong Kong authorities to investigate concert accident


HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong officials said on Friday they would open an investigation into a concert crash in which a giant video screen fell onto the stage and injured two dancers.

Video clips from the Cantopop Mirror band’s concert on Thursday night show a massive LED screen suspended above the stage collapsing, landing directly on one dancer before flipping over another as audience members scream in horror.

The injured performers were both sent to hospital, with one of the dancers in “serious condition”.

Hong Kong leader John Lee said on Friday authorities would “thoroughly investigate the incident” and review security requirements for future performance, according to a government statement.

He also said the government would help family members of one of the injured dancers to be able to 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 two performers and would work with authorities in the investigation.

“If we find anything suspicious, or if any person or unit is involved in misconduct, we will immediately report it to the police,” the statement said.

Authorities also revealed their initial findings after inspecting the venue for the performance – the Hong Kong Coliseum – on Friday. Thursday’s concert was the fourth of 12 concerts scheduled by Mirror, with tens of thousands of fans buying tickets.

Culture, Sports and Tourism Secretary Kevin Yeung told reporters on Friday that the government was “very concerned” about the incident and that an investigation would be carried out, likely over several weeks.

“We will investigate to find out if (the steel cable broke) due to an operational or material problem. It cannot currently be concluded at this stage,” Yeung said, adding that the incident will affect “all future performances.”

Authorities will also try to determine if security upgrades are needed at other venues for upcoming performances to minimize the chances of such an incident happening again, Yeung said.

Labor Department officers have been collecting evidence at the scene and will work to determine who was responsible for the incident, Labor and Social Services Secretary Chris Sun said.

He said all activity under the remaining overhead screens at the site will be halted and organizers will work with government officials to determine the best way to remove the overhead screens safely.

Mirror, the 12-member group, exploded in popularity in Hong Kong and have been credited with the revival of Cantopop.

Karmen Li, AP press assistant, contributed to this report.

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