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With Local Investigation Over, Circus Case Moves to Federal Agency

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.
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.Frank Caprio/AP

Providence authorities have wrapped up their investigation into Sunday’s circus accident and are handing the case over to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to a CBS Boston report.

Providence fire investigator Paul Doughty said Tuesday they are turning evidence over to investigators at the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Doughty noted 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.

Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Brothers circus, said the single carabiner failure led to the collapse, which sent eight acrobats crashing over 25 feet to the ground, injuring nine. The circus has left town and is setting up for performances in Connecticut without the Medieros Troupe, which performed the “hair hang” trick during their routine.

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