Circus performer falls during aerial act at Houston show

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Posted: Jun 01, 2015 3:05 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — A circus performer is recovering after falling more than 20 feet during an aerial act in Houston.

Spectator video shot May 26 shows a male performer and the woman hanging beneath a spinning rocket. The woman was dangling by her hair when she fell.

A statement provided Monday by Circo Hermanos Vasquez (SER'-koh ehr-MAHN'-ohs VAHS'-kez) says the woman, part of the Duo Garcia act, was treated for minor injuries at the scene. She was later treated and released from a hospital.

The statement says the performers failed to properly latch a safety cord. Circus officials Monday did not say whether the injured performer has resumed doing shows.

Circus spokeswoman Lorena Vignaud says safety remains a high priority.

Shows are scheduled to continue in Houston through July 5.