Hong Kong authorities to investigate after massive screen fell during concert, injuring dancers

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Hong Kong officials said on Friday they would open an investigation into a concert accident where a giant LED 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 immediately sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“One of the injured is in intensive care in serious condition and has undergone surgery. [Friday]. Accompanied by his family, the other injured in stable condition was discharged this afternoon,” the hospital authority said in a statement.

Local media reported that 29-year-old Chang Tsz-fung was discharged from hospital, while 27-year-old Mo Lee Kai-yin remained in hospital in serious condition.

Kai-yin dislocated the third and fourth sections of his cervical vertebrae, leaving him unable to move. Doctors were able to stabilize him after an operation and overnight surgery.

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Authorities discovered that one of the two metal cords holding the screen broke during the concert. An investigation is currently underway as experts try to determine exactly what caused the suspension cables to fail.

The concert’s various contractors, including Engineering Impact and Hip Hing Loong, will participate in the investigation with the authorities.

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 whether (the wire rope broke) due to an operational or material issue. It cannot be concluded currently at this stage,” Yeung said, adding that the incident will affect “all future performance”.

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.

HKSAR Government Culture, Sports and Tourism Secretary Kevin Yeung (3rd L) speaks to the media after inspecting the Hong Kong Coliseum on July 29, 2022 in Hong Kong, China.

HKSAR Government Culture, Sports and Tourism Secretary Kevin Yeung (3rd L) speaks to the media after inspecting the Hong Kong Coliseum on July 29, 2022 in Hong Kong, China.
(Li Zhihua/China News Service via Getty Image)

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.

Thursday’s concert was the fourth of 12 concerts scheduled by Mirror, with tens of thousands of fans buying tickets.

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The remaining eight shows were canceled, but concert organizers announced they would refund fans.

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

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