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Five Injured as 'Game of Thrones' Set Hit by High Winds

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 13th 2011 5:40AM
'Game of Thrones' SetIt may only be early September, but it feels like winter is coming on the Northern Ireland set of 'Game of Thrones.'

High winds swept across the set Monday and blew apart the lunch tent just as everyone was settling down to eat.

The coastal area has been battered by strong winds caused by the tail of Hurricane Katia crossing the Atlantic and, although the weather was fine Monday morning, conditions started to deteriorate around noon.

A worker on the set told the 'Belfast Telegraph' that production had been called off for the day and everyone was moved to the catering tent to eat. Then it collapsed. "It all happened so quickly. The floor started to come up, then the side rose up, the roof took off and beams starting falling down. ... It was definitely a bit more drama than we were expecting."

According to a BBC source, "It was very sudden and there was mass panic. People had to crouch under tables to protect themselves. They thought they were going to die. The structure just wasn't able to withstand the strong winds."

A spokeswoman for the local healthcare trust said four men and one woman were treated at the Causeway Hospital and then discharged. Local councillor Padraig McShane said people working as extras on the set were taken to a local hostel before being brought home on buses.

"Unfortunately, the marquee was a victim of the bad weather and some people were injured," he said. "Thankfully nobody was seriously hurt, but a lot of people are still in shock."

Production on Season 2 of 'Game of Thrones' got underway in July with Northern Ireland standing in for the Frozen North, and many of the external scenes are being filmed on the exposed coast, close to Carrick-a-rede Bridge.

It's been estimated that the drama series has created around 800 jobs in the local area, ranging from actors and technical staff to landscape gardeners and hairdressers, and that it's generated around $19 million in direct spending in Northern Ireland.

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TVDIVA

So I guess location people learned nothing from the two concerts where tents collapsed?

September 14 2011 at 1:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian Workman

BFD!

September 13 2011 at 9:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sage91501

theres no place like home (click 3 times)

September 13 2011 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
larry

Ever heard of the saying "They don't have enough sense to come out of the rain" ??? It applies to this situation.

September 13 2011 at 6:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joan

When will people learn to take cover in high winds. Stupid is as stupid does. Hope all the injured do recover, maybe, a lesson to be learned by everyone on that set, huh?!

September 13 2011 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kim

Almost done with the latest book A Dance with Dragons....can't wait for the second season!!

September 13 2011 at 12:19 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Voodoo

biggest GOT fan ever here! thank god everyone is ok. i love you all!!!!!!!

September 13 2011 at 12:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kathy

This is THE best show on HBO!! The writing is excellent, the acting superb. It closely follows the book written by George R. R. Martin. The sets are exquisite. This is a high cost production and it shows. And it works. If you've missed the first season it's available On Demand. Well worth watching. Next season seems so far away. I loved Eddard Stark. In fact I nearly lost my head over him. The only thing left for me is to find my own DireWolf.

September 13 2011 at 11:51 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
KerryC

I am befuddled by how many folks got hurt in this. I've been to weddings & other functions that had high wind damage & crumpled tents & the worst injury incurred was a notch to the head from a fallen support. I literally laughed when I'd read "...They thought they were going to die." Face: meet palm! Sheesh, actors! It's wind & a blown tent, not scud missiles being launched at them.

September 13 2011 at 11:45 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Blanche

never heard of popular show , guessing it must be about going around sticking somebody

September 13 2011 at 11:37 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
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Kim

you stick them with the pointy end!

September 13 2011 at 12:20 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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