Acrobats Injured in Fall as Circus Stunt Goes Awry

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Authorities are trying to determine what caused a support frame to collapse during an aerial hair-hanging stunt during a circus performance, sending eight acrobats crashing to the ground.

Nine performers were seriously hurt during Sunday's performance by Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, including a dancer below. Several others suffered less serious injuries.

The accident occurred during the Legends show in which the circus says eight performers hang "like a human chandelier" using their hair.

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says officials and inspectors haven't yet determined what caused the accident.

It was witnessed by an audience of about 3,900, many of them children. Monday's 10:30 a.m. show has been canceled.


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