1 dancer still critical after video screen falls during Mirror concert in Hong Kong

HONG KONG — One dancer remained in critical condition after a large, heavy video screen fell from the ceiling during a concert by a popular boy band during a concert in Hong Kong on Thursday, officials said.

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Two male dancers were hurt when the LED screen fell at a Mirror concert at the Hong Kong Coliseum, The Washington Post reported. One of them was discharged from an area hospital but the other remains in critical condition with neck injuries, according to Variety and the South China Morning Post.

“One of the injured is staying in the intensive care unit in serious condition and underwent an operation (Friday),” the Hospital Authority said in a statement. “Accompanied by his family, the other injured person in stable condition was discharged this afternoon.”

While government officials have not named the two dancers, local media outlets have identified the men as Mo Lee Kai-yin, 27, who remains hospitalized; and Chang Tsz-fung, 29, who was released, according to Variety.

Mirror, a 12-member song and dance group, is popular in Hong Kong for its pop music in Cantonese, also known as Cantopop, The Washington Post reported. The group was performing when the screen fell at about 10:35 p.m. local time.

The screen directly landed on one dancer before toppling onto another as members in the audience screamed in horror, according to The Associated Press.

Kevin Yeung Yun-hung, Hong Kong’s secretary for culture, sports and tourism, told reporters on Friday that one of the screen’s suspension cables had broken.

According to the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, which manages the coliseum, each screen measured 210 square feet, The New York Times reported.

Citing unnamed medical sources, the South China Morning Post reported that Mo underwent eight hours of surgery at Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Friday. His head and lungs were injured and his third and fourth cervical vertebrae were dislocated, Variety reported.

Hong Kong’s new chief executive, John Lee, said in a statement on Facebook that he was “shocked.”

“I express sympathy to those who were injured and hope that they would recover soon,” Lee wrote.

Mirror, which draws on K-pop as an influence, was formed in 2018 through a reality show whose task was to create a boy band, the Times reported.