Giant video screen falls at pop concert in Hong Kong, dancers injured

HONG KONG, July 29 (Reuters) – A large video panel fell on a stage during a concert by Hong Kong boy band Mirror on Thursday, injuring at least two dancers, one of them seriously, and prompting authorities to ban the group from performing pending an investigation.

Video clips of the falling screen were circulating on social media as Hong Kong media reported that three members of the public were also injured.

“I’m shocked,” Hong Kong chief executive John Lee said. “I express my sympathy to those who were injured and hope they recover soon.”

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The government would investigate and review security procedures to protect performers, staff and the public, he said.

None of the 12 members of Mirror were injured in the accident at the Hong Kong Coliseum, next to Victoria Harbour.

The city government had ordered the group, which was holding a series of 12 shows at the venue, to postpone its next performances.

Culture Secretary Kevin Yeung said shows at the venue have been suspended until its stage structure is deemed safe.

“Based on the initial observation, a wire fractured and caused the screen to fall and injured the dancers,” Yeung said during a press briefing on Friday.

The hugely popular cantopop group was formed in 2018 thanks to a reality TV show.

More than 13,000 Mirror fans have signed an online petition calling on the concert organizer to fix the issues and keep everyone safe.

The concert organizer MakerVille, which is owned by Hong Kong tycoon Richard Li’s PCCW Media Group, said it was thoroughly investigating the accident.

“We are deeply sorry that the incident caused any discomfort to viewers or others involved,” he said.

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Reporting by Farah Master, Jessie Pang and Twinnie Siu; edited by Richard Pullin

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