Nine acrobats injured in circus
The terrifying moment, captured on video by an audience member, happened at a circus show in the US state of Rhode Island on Sunday morning local time.
The ringmaster can be heard trying to build audience excitement for the act when a curtain drops and the acrobats are seen suspended in an aerial “hair hang” eight female performers hanging “like a human chandelier”, using their hair.
The metal frame apparatus from which the women were hanging reportedly came free from the metal truss it was connected to and came crashing down on top of them.
Nine were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below.
The performers have been taken to hospital but none of the injuries appears to be life threatening.
The collapse happened about 90 minutes into the Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus show, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.
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