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Updated: 5/06 6:57 am

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Local acrobats are hurting for their fellow performers injured in the Rhode Island circus performance. They wonder what went wrong, and say safety is always their priority.

Sergei Sandou has been an acrobat for more than 20 years, and couldn't believe his eyes when the apparatus crashed.

"My heart was stopped," Sandou said, "When I saw the chandelier came down. It's very sad."

Sandou, who has also worked at Ringling Bros., says acrobats and other flying artists understand there are risks. Performers are paying close attention to this most recent case; he says to performers: always keep safety in mind.

"Before you go to the arena, just make sure safety is number one; make sure you check your machine, your apparatus, your flying trapeze, whatever, even the small things like juggler act, you know be safe," Sandou said.

Meanwhile trapeze artist Terry Cavaretta who's been pefroming for five decades says she realizes sometimes there is human error in circus accidents, but she also says sometimes it's just mechanical.

"A cable can break which has nothing to do with the riggers or the show promoters. You're relying on rigging," Cavaretta said.

Nevertheless, she and other performers like Sergei Sandou really feel for those injured over the weekend.

"My heart goes out to the families and to the girls and the young man, and my prayers are with them that they heal and that they can continue with their life," Cavaretta said.

While the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is trying to make a final determination, Sandou noted the hanging apparatus was holding a lot of weight.

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