Probe done in circus accident, feds get evidence

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Posted: May 6, 2014 10:34 AM
Updated: May 6, 2014 10:34 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: circus, accident, rhode island, barnum and bailey's

PROVIDENCE - Investigators in Rhode Island say they have completed an initial investigation into a circus accident that sent eight acrobats hanging from their hair plummeting to the floor.

Providence fire investigator Paul Doughty says they are turning evidence over to federal workplace safety investigators.

Doughty says that includes the three pieces of a broken carabiner clip that was one of several pieces at the top of a chandelier-like apparatus that suspended the performers during Sunday's performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus.

Doughty says they have narrowed down the cause of the broken clip to two possibilities: a manufacturing defect or improper use. He says it's up to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to determine that.

The eight acrobats are still hospitalized.

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