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Fans narrowly escape injury in OS accident

Filed: Saturday, 22nd December 2018
By: Staff Writer

A number of West Ham supporters narrowly escaped injury during this afternoon's match with Watford after a light bulb from one of the stadium floodlights fell onto fans below.

Fans enjoying the half time break in a section of Block 130 were showered in glass after the bulb landed, although fortunately none were seriously hurt.

And although those supporters were eventually evacuated, it took Olympic Stadium stewards some 45 minutes to do so - leading one of the fans involved to ask whether the stadium was safe and fit for purpose.

Kevin Hind was one of the fans at the centre of the incident, and was particularly scathing about the manner in which it was dealt with by stadium stewards.

"They tried to suggest the glass had been thrown by another fan," Kevin told KUMB, "even though each piece was hot and one of the lights was flickering!

"Fortunately I'm ok, although the stewards waited until five minutes before the final whistle - over an hour after the glass fell - before the stewards cleared our aisles."

Fans affected by the incident were eventually moved to adjacent seats in Block 130, but not until the closing minutes and only once fans who were using them previously had left the stadium.

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