Nine in hospital after stairs collapse at Tayto Park during Halloween event

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An investigation has been launched as nine people were taken to hospital after stairs collapsed at an amusement park in Ireland.

The incident at Tayto Park in Co Meath happened on Saturday night during an after-dark Halloween-themed event.

It is understood the stairs gave way inside a 'House of Horrors' attraction.

Tayto Park under construction in 2015
Tayto Park under construction in 2015 (Brian Lawless/PA)

Gardai were called to the park shortly after 8pm.

A Garda spokesman said: "Nine people were taken to hospitals around the area".

There are no details of injuries sustained.

A spokeswoman for the park at Ashbourne said those caught up in the incident were taken to hospital as a "precautionary measure".

A bag of Tayto
A bag of traditional Tayto crisps (Paul Faith/PA)

The Health and Safety Authority is investigating.

The park, which is themed on the famous Irish crisp brand Tayto, is the only one of its kind in Ireland. It opened in 2010.