A mechanical problem just minutes into a Cirque du Soleil show in Washington on Friday night caused a portion of the audience, as well as performers on stage, to be sprayed with vegetable oil.
The mess happened when a hose broke loose in the stage’s hydraulics and sprayed the vegetable-based oil everywhere. The mechanical issue caused the show, titled VOLTA, to be canceled.
Cirque du Soleil said in a statement, “Tonight, during the first half of the 8:00 PM performance of VOLTA in Redmond, a problem in the hydraulic system caused a hose to break loose and spill some vegetable-based oil out onto the stage, and over some audience members.” No one was injured in the accident, and the oil “posed no risk for the health” of the audience.
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