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Circus Returns to R.I. Year After Hair-Hanging Fall

Eight acrobats plummeted to the ground in May 2014



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    In this photo provided by Frank Caprio, performers hang during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, Friday, May 2, 2014, in Providence, R.I. A platform collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at the 11 a.m. performance Sunday, May 4, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. At least nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered minor injuries. (AP Photo/Frank Caprio)

    The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus is returning to Rhode Island a year after eight acrobats suspended by their hair plummeted 20 feet to the ground before thousands of spectators.

    A single metal clip that held them aloft had snapped. The women were badly hurt, some with spinal injuries so severe they could no longer walk.

    The circus begins its four-day run Thursday at the Dunkin' Donuts Center, where the accident happened May 4, 2014.

    Under a settlement agreement with federal workplace safety regulators, the circus will have all aerial acts reviewed by a registered professional engineer.

    A circus spokesman says just one of the women is still with the circus, but she won't be in Rhode Island.

    The others have filed papers in preparation for a lawsuit.

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