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16 Dead After Vent Collapses At South Korea K-Pop Concert

Fans gathering to watch girl band 4Minute fell more than 60 feet when a grate collapsed beneath them.

Posted on October 17, 2014, at 9:28 a.m. ET

Sixteen people have died during a pop concert in Seongnam, South Korea, after a ventilation grate collapsed beneath their feet on Friday, Yonhap News Agency reported.

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Eleven others sustained injuries after they fell into the deep concrete shaft, fire officials said.

Latest toll of #Seongnam ventilation grate accident. 16 confirmed dead, 3 slightly wounded, 8 seriously wounded. #Korea

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Latest toll of #Seongnam ventilation grate accident. 16 confirmed dead, 3 slightly wounded, 8 seriously wounded. #Korea

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The victims of the accident were among 700 people who had gathered to watch an outdoor concert by girl band 4Minute in the city, which is just south of Seoul.

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The performance was part of a local festival organized by the provincial government.

The accident took place at at Pangyo Techno Valley — a complex used by tech firms — at around 5:53 p.m. local time (4:53 a.m. ET), Yonhap News Agency reported.

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TV footage of the concert at the time of the incident can be seen here:

You can see the dust when ventilation grate collapses during #4minute performance

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You can see the dust when ventilation grate collapses during #4minute performance

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