Falling lamp nearly hits Dutch minister

AP News
Posted: Dec 15, 2011 11:14 AM
Falling lamp nearly hits Dutch minister

The Dutch minister was leading a debate about health care reforms involving the chronically ill and handicapped when down came the lamp.

Falling from the tall ceiling of Parliament, it narrowly missed Health Minister Edith Schippers and smashed on a table right beside her.

Thursday's near miss left her so shaken that the legislative debate was halted temporarily while she regained her composure and staff cleaned up the broken lamp.

Video images recorded during the debate did not capture the lamp falling, but registered a loud bang and showed Labor lawmaker Jetta Klijnsma shriek and clasp her hand over her mouth in shock.

Parliament spokesman Jos Jochemsen said it's not known why the lamp fell.