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8 Acrobats Injured in RI Circus Fall File Lawsuit

The acrobats were injured during a performance in May 2014 when a clip that was suspending them in the air broke

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    AP Photo/Frank Caprio
    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, Rhode Island. 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.

    Eight acrobats who plunged to the ground during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus act in 2014 are suing the company that manages the Rhode Island arena where it happened. 

    The Providence Journal reports that the women sued Wednesday in a Providence Superior Court against SMG, a Pennsylvania-based company that oversees the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, and the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, which owns the arena. 

    The acrobats were injured during a performance in May 2014 when a clip that was suspending them in the air broke. 

    The suit claims the act wasn't designed or evaluated for safety by professional engineers and was in violation of industry standards for rigging safety. 

    Convention center officials did not immediately respond to a message left before business hours Thursday.