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Circus performers injured

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (CBS) — Several circus performers have been injured in a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus act the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.The Providence Journal reports the performers were part of an aerial act during the noon show.

Witnesses on scene say scaffolding holding the performers fell more than 20 feet to the ground.

A circus official tells WBZ-TV, the accident happened during a “hair hang” act, where performers hang from their hair.

Providence Fire Department tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030, 9 people were transported to area hospitals. The injuries included broken bones and head injuries but none are life-threatening, according to Providence Fire.

“Until we find out the nature of the problem, the show is going to be on hold,” said Providence Fire Chief Claren Cuhna.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is also investigating.

The performance was suspended after the apparent accident and the 3 p.m. show canceled.

Several circus-goers have posted cell phone footage of the accident on social media and on YouTube.


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