• Short Summary

    MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL, 15 OF THEM SERIOUSLY INJURED, WHEN A GRANDSTAND COLLAPSED AT A BRITISH ARMY MILITARY TATTOO IN HONG KONG LAST SATURDAY NIGHT (9 NOVEMBER).

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    HELICOPTER BRINGING INJURED TO ARMY HOSPITAL; CASUALTIES INTO AMBULANCES; AMBULANCE AWAY; HELICOPTER LEAVES ARMY HOSPITAL; CASUALTIES INTO CIVILIAN HOSPITAL.




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    Background: MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITAL, 15 OF THEM SERIOUSLY INJURED, WHEN A GRANDSTAND COLLAPSED AT A BRITISH ARMY MILITARY TATTOO IN HONG KONG LAST SATURDAY NIGHT (9 NOVEMBER). HORRIFIED SPECTATORS SCREAMED WHEN THE BAMBOO STAND STARTED TO BUCKLE AND CRASHED TO THE GROUND AS THE FLOODLIT TATTOO WAS ABOUT TO BEGIN.

    MORE THAN 8,000 PEOPLE HAD ASSEMBLED TO WATCH THE SHOW, ORGANISED BY THE 48TH GURKHA INFANTRY BRIGADE AT ITS HEADQUARTERS AT SEK KONG IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

    ARMY HELICOPTERS AND A DOZEN AMBULANCES SHUTTLED MOST OF THE INJURED TO THE BRITISH MILITARY HOSPITAL AND THE QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL IN KOWLOON. OTHERS WHO WERE HURT WERE TREATED AT AN EMERGENCY FIRST AID STATION SET UP ON THE SPOT.

    HELICOPTERS WERE LANDING AT THE BRITISH MILITARY HOSPITAL EVERY FIVE MINUTES IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE DISASTER.

    MOST OF THE INJURED WERE CHINESE. AT LEAST 32 BRITISH SERVICEMEN AND MEMBERS OF THEIR FAMILIES WERE ALSO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL.

    ACCORDING TO AN EYE-WITNESS THE STAND WAS FULL WHEN MORE PEOPLE BEGAN TO CLIMB UP THE BACK OF THE BAMBOO SCAFFOLDING WHICH WAS HOLDING IT UP CAUSING THE GRANDSTAND TO COLLAPSE.

    NINETY-FIVE PEOPLE WERE STILL DETAINED IN HOSPITAL YESTERDAY (SUNDAY), A MILITARY SPOKESMAN SAID.

    THE ARMY HAS ORDERED A FULL INQUIRY INTO THE DISASTER.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA61MM4ER5AQVBM71GV8XWEG9PZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA61MM4ER5AQVBM71GV8XWEG9PZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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