NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Nine acrobats were seriously injured Sunday after falling from an aerial platform during a circus performance, a safety official said. The accident happened at around 11:45 a.m. during the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus' Legends show at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence.

Providence Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said the acrobats fell 25 to 40 feet, but officials and inspectors haven't yet determined what caused the accident.

He says, "Obviously, something went wrong."

Roman Garcia, general manager of the show, said the accident occurred during the "hair hang" act, where performers hang from their hair.

He said all the injured acrobats are conscious. The Dunkin' Donuts Center says two shows scheduled for later Sunday and two others Monday are on hold.

Othello Smith tells the Providence Journal that the performers were doing an aerial act, spinning on ropes or cables, when they dropped.

The 3pm show Sunday has been cancelled.

UPDATE 2:20pm: A spokesman says eight acrobats fell from a platform at a circus in Rhode Island while one dancer was injured on the floor below.

The accident happened Sunday morning during the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus' Legends show at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence.

Stephen Payne, a spokesman for Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros., confirmed that nine performers were seriously injured, including eight who were in the air.

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

The show's general manager says the accident occurred during the "hair hang" act while performers are hanging from their hair.

Video of the fall can be seen here: WARNING: For some viewers the images may be difficult to watch.

 

 

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