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In this Aug. 15, 2016 file photo, an overhead camera that fell from wires suspending it over Olympic Park lays on the ground at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Five people were charged after a falling camera injured 7 people at the Rio Olympics


Five people were charged last week after an overhead camera fell 65 feet during the Rio Olympics on August 15, injuring seven people. 

The company responsible for the camera, Olympic Broadcasting Service, insisted a third party cut the cables, USA Today reports

Of the five people charged, three worked for an OBS contractor, one worked with OBS directly and another worked with the local Olympic organizing committee. All faced charges of "bodily injury."

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An injured woman is taken away on a backboard after being struck by an overhead television camera that fell from wires suspending it over Olympic Park during the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. A witness said the large camera, which moved back and forth along wires providing aerial views of the main Olympic park, was being examined on a bridge overlooking an arena entrance. The severity of her injury was not immediately clear. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

The camera was originally held up by three cables, but one snapped. OBS said in a statement each cable could have held "several times the weight of the camera" and could not have snapped on their own without tampering.

Considering the height at which it was installed ... the fall could have killed one of the victims, which fortunately did not happen.
Police report

OBS said the cables could have been cut by a highly abrasive line coated with powdered glass, which is used in Brazil to fly so-called fighter kites often deployed by rival gangs. OBS said the presence of such a kite on the day of the incident was confirmed by a security guard.

One writer called OBS's explanation "bizarre."

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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