A circus accident injured nine acrobats over the weekend during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey show in Rhode Island after an aerial hair-hanging stunt called the "Human Chandelier" went wrong.
It happened Sunday at the circus' Blue Unit Legends show when a support frame hanging from the ceiling of Providence's Dunkin' Donuts Center gave way, sending the group of performers crashing to the ground.
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An estimated 3,000 people, many of them children, witnessed the circus accident, which happened about 45 minutes into the show, The Associated Press reported
"Their necks went forward — it was awful," audience member Sydney Bragg, 14, told ABC News
. "They kept the lights off so no children could see. When the lights went on, we could see them lying there. They started lowering the screens to cover it up."
The eight "Human Chandelier" acrobats and one dancer on the ground were injured when the support frame collapsed, the AP noted.
"Everybody's doing fine, everybody's at the hospital, everybody's conscious, everybody's doing pretty well," Roman Garcia, general manager of the Legends show, said in a statement.
The accident stunned the audience, though some initially thought the plunge was part of the show.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the incident, ABC News noted.
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