THIS is the moment a stage holding more than 100 children collapsed during a dance show, tragically killing one and injuring 14 others.
Officials say a 13-year-old child was killed while five adults and 11 children were injured during the horrific ordeal that sent dozens plunging to the ground.
Countless parents and audience members rushed onto the stage to help rescue the children[/caption]
The event’s organiser is heard screaming when the middle section of the stage suddenly gives way[/caption]
The collapse was caught on camera on Saturday during a dance audition at the Jinshuixian – or Golden Daffodil – performing arts theatre in the coastal city of Zhangzhou in China.
According to reports, over a hundred teenagers had turned up to audition for parts in an upcoming performance known as “Lucky Peacock”.
The event’s organiser is heard screaming when the middle section of the stage suddenly gives way and dozens of children fall.
All the participants had gathered on stage and were to have a group photo taken when an elevated section of the stage floor suddenly gave way, video of the incident shows.
In the footage, the emcee directing the large crowd suddenly screams as rows of adults and children plunged into the ground.
Countless parents and other residents who were amongst the audience then rushed onto the stage to help rescue the children.
Emergency services spent about 20 minutes helping the children, which included one young girl whose leg was trapped between the stage and the elevated platform rig.
They said two of the 14 injured were in serious condition.
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Authorities have reportedly detained three employees with the Kunming Queshen Cultural Broadcasting Company, which hosted the event.
While initial findings suggested the theatre stage had been crowded with too many people, a main organiser whose surname is Yuan has been quoted as saying the stage was too “old”.
Further investigations are ongoing.
Officials say a 13-year-old child was killed while five adults and 11 children were injured[/caption]
Two of the 14 injured were in serious condition[/caption]
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