The circus said the high-profile
"The only question I would have is 'Are they are going to let it go on?' " he said.
The show would go on, according to
"Obviously, they're still working on taking that act out and making it still 'The Greatest Show on Earth,' " she said.
Eight acrobats were injured Sunday during the show, called "LEGENDS," at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in
Four acrobats were in serious condition and three were in good condition Tuesday at
The cause of the accident was still under investigation.
A carabiner in the rigging failed, but it was unclear why, Feld said. Each piece of the equipment used in the act is inspected when initially rigged, and visually re-inspected before each performance, according to Feld.
The rig and truss were re-inspected Monday night when the show was being dismantled, Feld said. All carabiners in the unit were being replaced as a precaution, according to Feld.
"The carabiner used in the hair hang act has a load rating in excess of 10,000 pounds," Feld said in a written statement. "The act, including the performers and equipment, weighs less than 1500 pounds."
Those in the entertainment industry usually follow a "10 times safety factor," to protect people and equipment, Philbin said. He said it's not a law or regulation, but protocol.
"So, if you're handling 500 pounds of equipment, you got cable and stuff that hold 5,000 pounds, that kind of thing," he said.
The union had 28 workers -- including forklift operators, general stage hands and riggers -- at the XL Center helping the circus set up Tuesday, according to Philbin.
"I'm sure they're going to be even more sensitive to this issue," he said.
But he noted that the circus workers are responsible for setting up the acrobatic acts.
Officials from the federal
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