Langham Place in Mong Kok, Kowloon. Photo: Wikipedia Commons, WiNG

An escalator incident was reported on Monday in Langham Place, a shopping mall in Kowloon’s Mong Kok area, but no one was injured. At 4pm, an escalator connecting the third and fourth floors of the complex, which also serves as an office building, shuddered to a halt with a loud bang, Sing Pao Daily reported.

Some of the steps of the escalator broke off. A few people were using the defective escalator at the time but no one was hurt.

After an investigation, the management company said it believed that an external object had been sucked into the gap between a step and an escalator comb plate, triggering an emergency shutdown of the moving staircase, Oriental Daily reported.

The escalator reopened at 6pm.

Last March, 18 people were injured in a rare escalator accident at Langham Palace. An escalator suddenly reversed direction, throwing people off balance, crashing into one another before falling to the base of the moving stairway.