Five people were injured when the painting – which measures about four square metres – fell on stage during the show at the Hong Kong Coliseum near Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong police told CNN.
Police said none of the 12 squad members were hurt. Three people were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for treatment, including a seriously injured dancer and another musician who was described as being in a stable condition, the hospital said.
A video of the screen crashing into the dancers went viral on social media, and local charities set up hotlines for any of the 10,000 people who attended the concert who were shocked by what they saw.
The group’s remaining eight performances in the group’s Hong Kong concert series have since been cancelled, and Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee has called for an investigation.
“I contacted the Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism, and instructed the Recreational and Cultural Services Department, along with relevant departments, to thoroughly investigate the accident and review the safety requirements for similar performance activities in order to protect the safety of the performers, crew and members of the public,” Lee said. .
Kevin Young, Hong Kong’s culture minister, said Friday that the board fell because one of the cables carrying it was loose.
“From initial observation, a wire broke and caused the screen to fall and injure the dancers,” Young told reporters on Friday. Hong Kong Labor Minister Chris Sun said on Friday he would not rule out legal action against those responsible.
The incident occurred even after fans at three previous shows warned that the stage and location seemed unstable, leading to a petition asking concert organizers to ensure the safety of the performers.
The hugely popular band formed in 2018 and released their latest single “We Are” a week ago.
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