Such scary news coming out of Providence, Rhode Island, after several circus performers fell 30 feet in the middle of a live performance!
The accident occurred about 45 minutes into the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus show at the Dunkin Donuts Center when an aerial hair-hanging stunt went horribly wrong.
Witnesses say the rig that 8 acrobats were hanging from came crashing down, injuring another performer standing on the ground.
Spokesperson Stephen Payne explained the metal-frame apparatus which these performers were hanging from detached from the metal truss that it was connected to. All eight women fell straight down!
Officials still haven’t determined what caused the accident but the good news is, none of the injuries appear to be life threatening at this point.
Roman Garcia is the general manager for the show, and updated everyone on his performers’ progress today, saying:
"Everybody's doing fine, everybody's at the hospital, everybody's conscious, everybody's doing pretty well.”
14-year-old Sydney Bragg was in the audience when the women fell and said:
"It just went crashing down. Everyone was freaking out. We heard this huge clatter and then we just heard the girls scream!”
10 years ago, a circus performer DIED during a show in Minnesota after the long chiffon scarves he was hanging from 30 feet about the ground gave way!
We think Ringling Bros. needs to seriously look into the safety precautions of these acts! Before another disaster occurs!
You can see the horrifying moment from this weekend that a fan caught on video (below)!
[Image via Facebook.]
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