Date: 05 May 2014
Place: 1 La Salle Square, Providence, RI 02903, USA
Venue/Location: Dunkin’ Donuts Center
Show/Event: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
The steel caribiner was part of a rig designed to hoist performers by their hair into the air above the audience, where they would perform acrobatics.
When it snapped, the rig fell to the ground to the confusion and horror of the audience.
The performers were among 11 people hospitalised with injuries related to the accident; many of those injured suffered broken bones, and no spectators were hurt.