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The Latest: Wallenda: Performer may have fainted before fall

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/9/2017
In this June 18, 2013 file photo, high wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla. Five circus performers were seriously injured Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, while practicing a high-wire act in Florida. The accident involved Wallenda and several members of his family. Authorities say Wallenda was not injured. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File) © The Associated Press In this June 18, 2013 file photo, high wire performer Nik Wallenda practices in Sarasota, Fla. Five circus performers were seriously injured Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, while practicing a high-wire act in Florida. The accident involved Wallenda and several members of his family. Authorities say Wallenda was not injured. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on a high wire accident involving the famed Flying Wallenda circus family (all times local):

Pedro Reis, founder and CEO of the Circus Arts Conservatory, speaks to the media during a brief press conference Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 in Sarasota, Fla., about the five people that were injured while rehearsing the final act, an eight person pyramid on a high wire, for the upcoming Circus Sarasota show Synergy. (Rachel S. O'Hara/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP) © The Associated Press Pedro Reis, founder and CEO of the Circus Arts Conservatory, speaks to the media during a brief press conference Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017 in Sarasota, Fla., about the five people that were injured while rehearsing the final act, an eight person pyramid on a high wire, for the upcoming Circus Sarasota show Synergy. (Rachel S. O'Hara/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP)

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Pedro Reis, founder and CEO of the Circus Arts Conservatory, speaks with the Sarasota Fire Department prior to a press conference Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Sarasota, Fla., about the five people that were injured while rehearsing the final act, an eight person pyramid on a high wire, for the upcoming Circus Sarasota show Synergy. (Rachel S. O'Hara/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP) © The Associated Press Pedro Reis, founder and CEO of the Circus Arts Conservatory, speaks with the Sarasota Fire Department prior to a press conference Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Sarasota, Fla., about the five people that were injured while rehearsing the final act, an eight person pyramid on a high wire, for the upcoming Circus Sarasota show Synergy. (Rachel S. O'Hara/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP)

Nik Wallenda says he believes someone on his high-wire pyramid act may have briefly blacked out during a practice, sending five people tumbling some 30 feet to the ground.

Five people were injured Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Sarasota, Fla., while rehearsing the final act, an eight person pyramid on a high wire, for the upcoming Circus Sarasota show Synergy. (Rachel S. O'Hara/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP) © The Associated Press Five people were injured Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, in Sarasota, Fla., while rehearsing the final act, an eight person pyramid on a high wire, for the upcoming Circus Sarasota show Synergy. (Rachel S. O'Hara/Sarasota Herald-Tribune via AP)

The famed tightrope walker also told reporters Thursday that everyone who fell is going to be ok.

The accident happened Wednesday afternoon as the performers were practicing for a Circus Sarasota performance. Wallenda hasn't released names of the performers involved, but said his aunt is among the injured.

Wallenda said four people remain in the hospital, with one expected to be released later Thursday. One performer was released Wednesday with three broken toes.

Wallenda, who wasn't injured, promised that Thursday night's show will go on in their honor.

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3:35 a.m.

It was supposed to be the headline act for Circus Sarasota: a high-wire pyramid some 30 feet in the air.

But during practice Wednesday — two days before the show's opening — an accident befell the eight performers. According to authorities, five lost their balance and tumbled to the ground.

The stunt involved famed tightrope walker Nik Wallenda. Officials said he wasn't among the injured.

Sarasota Fire-Rescue spokesman Drew Winchester said the group fell 30 or more feet, and four of the injured suffered trauma. Three were brought to one hospital and the other two, to other hospitals.

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