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Hong Kong boy band quit show after dancers were hit by falling screen

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At least two Hong Kong dancers were injured Thursday night after being hit by a falling screen at a concert by the city’s most popular boy band, Mirror.

Footage of the incident circulated online showed a group of white-clad dancers performing on the stage at the Hong Kong Coliseum when a giant overhead video screen fell, crushing a man.

The screen then fell on at least one other person before the remaining cast members rushed to the rescue.

Mirror manager Ahfa Wong later took the stage to apologize and asked the audience to leave, according to video clips circulating online.

Two conscious male dancers were taken to hospital shortly after 22:30 local time (14:30 GMT), police told AFP news agency.

Around midnight, the city’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital said a man is in serious condition with a neck injury, while another is in stable condition after suffering a head injury, Hong Kong media reported.

Over the past year, Mirror has emerged as the most popular Cantonese pop act and is credited with reviving Hong Kong’s local music scene.

Originally slated to take place at the prestigious Coliseum from July 25th to August 6th, the latest series of concerts by the 12-strong line-up was eagerly awaited by fans and tickets sold out quickly.

But the series has been plagued by technical glitches since its debut on Monday, leading fans to wonder if the show was safe. More than 10,000 have signed a petition urging the organizers to take better care of the artists.

On Tuesday night, a Mirror member, Frankie Chan, fell about a meter from the edge of the stage, although he later said on social media that he only injured his left arm, according to the South China Morning Post.

Other clips of the concert filmed by fans showed sidewalks shaking under the weight of the performers and some stars missed their footsteps in the dimly lit space.

Photos of the aftermath of Thursday’s incident showed police officers, paramedics and the production crew on stage.

The entertainment company behind Mirror did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for comment.

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