At least two members of boy band Mirror were injured Thursday when a humongous video screen crashed onto the stage mid-performance at the Hong Kong Coliseum, landing on one and toppling onto a second.
A fan caught the horrific incident on video as one second the 12-member group was performing, and the next the monitor, hanging from the ceiling, came loose and fell directly onto one of the other dancers.
The first dancer was pinned on his back under the screen, which then fell on its side, landing on another performer, TMZ reported.
Indian news outlet NDTV reported “multiple” people hurt as shrieks broke out in the packed arena while Mirror members rushed in to help their bandmates, and the concert was halted.
One dancer was reportedly in serious condition and the other stable after being rushed to the hospital.
Hong Kong news outlet The Standard identified the hospitalized dancers as Edan Lui Cheuk-on and Anson Lo Hon-ting, who were performing with about a dozen other dancers when the screen came loose at about 10:30 p.m.
Safety concerns had already been raised after Mirror member Frankie Chan Sui-fai accidentally stepped off the stage while giving a speech on Tuesday, falling a meter before the gasping audience members in the packed arena, reported the South China Morning Post. He bruised his left arm and got right back up to reassure the audience.
Nonetheless by Wednesday night a petition calling for better safety measures had garnered 12,000 signatures, The Standard said, describing a hexagon-shaped stage containing six smaller triangular stage lifts on it, with part of the floor comprised by mirrors.
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The design nearly led band members Anson Kong Ip-sang and Edan Lui Cheuk-on to fall off the stage on Monday night, the first night of the group’s 12-concert series, The Standard said.
The petition was launched by worried fans responding to “horrifying videos of shaky platforms and bridges,” The Standard said, and had garnered 12,000 signatures by 11 p.m. Wednesday.
In response to the concerns, the organizer had installed fences and opted not to use the bridges for performances, among other measures.
The concert was the fourth in a series that debuted Monday and was scheduled to run through Aug. 6, NDTV said. The local band was formed in 2018 via a reality talent show, “Good Night Show — King Maker” on ViuTV, according to TMZ.
The coliseum, Hong Kong’s largest indoor multi-purpose stadium, opened in 1983, according to government information. The video screen’s weight was not divulged.
The Hong Kong government said it was investigating.
“I am shocked by the incident. I express sympathy to those who were injured and hope that they would recover soon,” Chief Executive John Lee said in a statement. “I have contacted the Secretary for Culture, Sports and Tourism, and instructed the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, together with relevant departments, to comprehensively 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.”