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Roof collapses at Hong Kong's City University sports hall

  • 20 May 2016
  • From the section China
rescue workers (orange suits, L) inspect a sports centre after its roof collapsed at the City University in Hong Kong Image copyright AFP

The roof of a sports hall at a university in Hong Kong collapsed on Friday, injuring three people.

The top of the hall at City University caved in at around 14:30 local time (06:30 GMT) over an area of 900 sq m (320 sq ft), police say.

Eyewitnesses say the collapse, which occurred above the hall's badminton facilities, sounded like an explosion.

Such accidents are unusual in Hong Kong, where safety standards are generally high.

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Image caption The roof had been covered with grass

Venkat Saraenji, a student at the university, told the South China Morning Post the collapse had been "quite loud" and could be heard for "20 seconds".

"Someone ran out of it and screamed, 'explosion, explosion'," he said. "The exam season was over, otherwise it would have been full of students..."

Two men and a woman were taken to hospital, a police spokeswoman told the BBC.

In a statement, the university said: "To the best of our knowledge at this time, no other persons were trapped inside the hall and the prime focus now is to ensure that the facility is safe."

Police are investigating the incident.

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