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Stage crash ends Sri Lanka's New Year bash at five-star hotel

Published on Jan 1, 2014 6:55 PM

COLOMBO (AFP) - Dozens of party-goers were hospitalised in Sri Lanka on Wednesday after a stage collapsed at the five-star Colombo Hilton hotel during New Year celebrations, organisers of the festivities said.

At least 30 people were hospitalised with fractures, cuts and burns following the collapse of the outdoor stage, hurling some 700 people to the floor a few feet below, sparking fires and smashing glasses, a spokesman said.

There was no immediate comment from the hotel, but event manager Cantaloupe Playground, which arranged what was billed as the "wonderland new year's eve" party, apologised to the victims.

"We apologise for the incident and we are paying hospital bills of the injured," a spokesman for Cantaloupe Playground told AFP, asking not to be named.

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