A replacement dancer from boy band Cantopop Mirror is in intensive care after being hit by a giant video panel that fell from the ceiling during a concert in Hong Kong.
Five people were injured when the sign – measuring around four square meters – fell onto the stage during the show at the Hong Kong Coliseum near Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong police told CNN.
None of the 12 members of the group were injured, police said. Three people were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment, including the seriously injured dancer and a second performer described as being in stable condition, the hospital said.
Video of the moment the screen crashed into the dancers has gone viral on social media, and local charities have set up hotlines for each of the 10,000 people who attended the concert and are traumatized by what they saw.
The eight remaining shows of the band’s concert series in Hong Kong have since been canceled and Hong Kong chief executive John Lee has called for an investigation.
“I contacted the Secretary of Culture, Sports and Tourism and instructed the Department of Recreation and Cultural Services, as well as relevant departments, to thoroughly investigate the incident and review the safety requirements of similar performance activities in order to protect the safety of performers, working staff and members of the public,” Lee said.
Kevin Yeung, Hong Kong’s culture secretary, said on Friday the panel fell because one of the cables holding it was loose.
“Based on the initial observation, a wire broke and caused the screen to fall and injured the dancers,” Yeung told reporters on Friday. Hong Kong Labor Department Secretary Chris Sun said on Friday he would not rule out legal action against those responsible.
In a statement On Facebook, concert organizer Makerville apologized for causing “discomfort to viewers or others affected” and said those who attended Thursday’s concert would be eligible for a refund.
The incident happened even after fans of three previous shows warned that the stage and decor appeared to be unstable, creating a petition asking concert organizers to ensure the safety of performers.
The hugely popular group formed in 2018 and released their latest single “We Are” a week ago.