Fire Scare At ‘America’s Got Talent’

by | August 31, 2011 at 7:47 AM | America's Got Talent

Gymkana performs on AGT (NBC)

Gymkana performs on AGT (NBC)

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A contestant competing on “America’s Got Talent” escaped serious injury last night when he fell during a tumbling routine and landed next to a flaming ring of fire.

The studio audience fell silent and fire marshals rushed to the stage when a teenage member of the group Gymkana accidentally knocked over the flaming prop on live television.  It landed on another member of the team.

“It was really scary stuff,” judge Sharon Osbourne told XfinityTV.com moments after the telecast ended.

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“Everybody absolutely froze.  You absolutely freeze.  Now thinking about it.  We have got to be more on our toes.  It took too long (to help him).  It was like ‘What are we doing here?’  It frightens you.  It could have been terribly ugly.”

The routine was immediately halted as a team member lifted the five foot burning circle from beside her friend.

Later in the telecast, host Nick Cannon revealed that the contestant — a student at University of Maryland — had been checked out by a medic and was doing fine.

‘AGT’ has been walking a fine line all season — playing up the “danger” element of the show while trying to keep acts and audience members safe.

“We are ready if and when something happens — as even the most professional performers can have an off moment,” producer Jason Raff said in May.

Last night’s show also featured a pair of motorcycle stunt riders who jumped their bikes over their grandmother and a daredevil who dove seven stories into eight feet of water.

Luckily, both went off without incident.

“But it just shows you the danger and how far people are willing to go for fame and a million dollars,” Howie Mandel tells us.  “That is the beauty of our show.  Anything could happen.”

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