Stage collapse injures 3 during live TV show in HCMC, cause unclear

By Thien Huong, Thanh Nien News

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Workers replace a broken glass panel in a television stage of the Vietnamese version of a Dutch reality show “The Voice of Children” in Ho Chi Minh City on August 30, 2014. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre
The organizers of a live children's television show pledged to reinforce their studio stage after a collapse injured a cameraman and two young dancers in Ho Chi Minh City this weekend.
During a press briefing organized to address the accident on Sunday, the show's producers avoided discussing their responsibility in the case.
The incident happened on Saturday night at the Liberation Film Studio in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 3. Soon after Cao Le Ha Trang, the first contestant in the second live taping of Giong Hat Viet Nhi's second season, began singing a patriotic song, a piece of tempered glass that formed part of the stage collapsed.
Giong Hat Viet Nhi is the local adaption of Dutch reality show “The Voice of Children.”
The collapse caused a cameraman to fall through the stage into a kind of hole on stage.
Vietnam Television and Cat Tien Sa Company let the show continue and even sprayed theatrical smoke onto the stage to cover the injured cameraman.
Soon afterward two child dancers fell through the same gap.

Child dancers look on as two fellow performers fall into a hole created by a collapsed glass panel on the smoke-filled stage in Ho Chi Minh City on August 30, 2014. Television views couldn't tell what had happened as the organizers asked Trang to continue singing and the young dancers to leave the stage. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre.
The two injured dancers were rushed to hospital right away while the cameraman was taken to hospital only after Trang finished her performance.
Commercials began to roll on VTV3 as workers replaced the collapsed glass panel and surrounding portions of the stage.
The show continued with the eight remaining contestants mostly singing in a fixed spot.
“We have produced numerous shows in which sheets of tempered glass have been used to form the stage; this was the first time the glass broke,” said the show's producer, Nguyen Quang Minh, the general director of Cat Tien Sa Company.
“Perhaps the glass panel collided with something. From now on, we will reinforce the stage with additional layers of tempered glass."
When Thanh Nien asked who would be held responsible for the incident, Minh said that while the accident was unfortunate, it didn't cause any serious injuries and had already been resolved.
A source told Thanh Nien that the two child dancers were released from the hospital on Saturday after being treated for minor injuries.
Local media reported that the cameraman received three stitches in his ear, but Minh denied those reports.
“No one got stitches, everything has been resolved,” he said.
This year is the second season of Giong Hat Viet Nhi, whose contestants are all between 10 and 15 years old. 

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