Circus perfromance that led to R.I. accident coming to Hartford

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)–The show will go on.

The “Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus” said performances of the show will resume in Hartford on Thursday night. The circus is coming to Hartford just nine days after performers were hurt in a high-flying stunt in Providence.

Reports from Providence say the investigation into the accident that injured the circus performers is focusing on a failed clamp that held the act in place.

The performance was stopped and the rest of the Providence schedule was cancelled.

The circus travels to Hartford tomorrow.

A circus spokesperson said that performances will resume Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the XL Center Coliseum downtown. The spokesperson said that since all of the performers in the so-called human candelabra accident were injured, that part of the show will be omitted, but all other acts will proceed.

The regional administrator of OSHA told News 8 that he intends to speak with circus officials before the Hartford performances commence to see what precautions are used in protecting the performers.

Almost all of the rules and regulations governing performances here were born following the notorious Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus fire in July of 1944, which took the lives of over 160 people, many of them children, and injured 700.

The rules involve code and exiting compliance to make sure everyone gets out in the event of some kind of emergency.

The State Building Inspector’s authority does not extend to temporary elements and performance props like the ones that collapsed in Providence as they are not regulated by state or city building codes.

OSHA in Hartford says it is in contact with OSHA inspectors investigating the accident in Rhode Island.

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