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Feds probe cause of circus accident

Providence, R.I. (AP) -- 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 (DOW'-tee) 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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