Kings Park, Perth: Australia Day revellers seriously injured by falling tree branch during a fireworks display
Several people were rushed to hospital with serious injuries after a tree branch fell on them during Australia Day celebrations.
Dozens of people gathered in Kings Park in Perth on Friday night to end the national holiday with a fireworks display.
A large tree branch reportedly fell during the show, with a teenage boy and a woman in her 20s rushed to hospital by paramedics.
A witness who was at the park when the branch came down saw two people lying on the ground who appeared to be unconscious.
She said others from the same group appeared to have suffered minor injuries.
“It was definitely a shock,” she told the ABC.
“Everyone rushed over and within about 10 minutes the ambulances were there.”
A woman in her 20s and a teenage boy were injured by a tree branch in Kings Park (pictured)
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Kings Park is a popular hangout on Australia Day for its uninterrupted views of the Swan River – lit up with fireworks on Friday night.
The City of Perth was one of the few councils in WA to celebrate the national holiday this year, with a drone and light display put on for residents.
Thousands were expected to watch the show from various vantage points across the city, including Kings Park, South Perth and Elizabeth Quay.
A woman who witnessed the incident says paramedics arrived at the scene within 10 minutes
Mosman Park, Cambridge, Victoria Park, Rockingham, Fremantle and Wanneroo will celebrate Australia Day on a different day this month.
Perth residents were also treated to water slides, entertainment and freestyle motocross and BMX stunt shows at nearby Langley Park.
Meanwhile, a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, song, art and culture was held The Birak Concert at the Supreme Court Gardens.